By human nature, people will judge one another based on knowledge given prior to the actual first meeting. They will take in all factors of how they met, and start to form a stereotype. This is part of human defense. If you gather information that a person is following you down an alley, you're first meeting will be hostile because you are trying to defend yourself. Emotional protection is also triggered by this same process. If you meet someone at a bar, who appears to be drunk, you don't start falling for them, because you know you don't want to be in a relationship with someone like that. So yes stereotypes are a good thing AT TIMES. But if there is no immediate danger, physically or emotionally, that is evoking you to be in a defense mode, then don't continue to judge the person across from you. Instead, finally get to know them and understand them. Not all people are the same, in fact very few are eerily similar. Because if you have a bad first impression of someone, wouldn't you like to change what you think of them, into something more uplifting? Or would you rather avoid, lie, and pretend around people who you think are horrible, but in reality, are quite the opposite?
Written by Courtney Eberhard