Do you let pople show you who they are, or have you already decided?
Our judgements of poeple happen very quickly. Experts say people form opinions in as little as seven to twenty-seven seconds. Even when we are aware that many of our judgments are based on minimal information and may even be untrue or only partially true, staying open-minded can be difficult.
"The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
It is nearly impossible not to form judgements and opinions about people, but an open mind doesn't mean that we never form opinions about others, it simply means that we are willing to acknowldge that those opinions may be wrong.
"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in."
Poeple are much more than first impressions allow. Poeple are complex, capable of change, and often contradictory. Meaningful relationships form when we know a person's faults and accept them anyway because they are more than their weeknesses; they are their strengths too.
"Never lose an opportunity to see the good in someone."