Meeting team members and Forming Impressions of Others

A. Apply to Case Example: give examples of any 3 of the 5 sources of information people use to form impressions of others, OR – give examples for snap judgments versus systematic judgments. (When responding, give hypothetical or life examples of how sources of information or types of judgment influenced one’s impression when meeting team members) RESPONSE: There are 5 key sources of information that we give off that people use to form impressions on us. They are appearance, verbal behavior, actions, nonverbal messages, and situations. An example of appearance would be that if I were to show up underdressed and kind of like a slob, they would initially think lowly of me. If I were to swear like a sailor, they might think I am not good for the job because they are put off by my verbal behavior. If I were to constantly slouch or my eyes are drooping, they might think I am lazy or tired all the time.

B. Apply to Case Example: give examples of when attribution and expectations (confirmation bias and self-fulfilling prophecies) distorted observers’ perceptions. RESPONSE: I could notice how an employee is really organized and I like their style. Whenever I like their organization structure, I could point it out and say that they did an awesome job in that aspect. In response, they might try to constantly organize things to the way I like and point it out every time they have done so. This could also disallow me to realize that someone else might have good organization skills but I am fixated on the others instead because that’s what they are focusing on.

C. Cognitive distortions are often used as an unconscious short-cut method of forming impressions in an efficient, selective, and/or consistent manner. Apply to Case Example: discuss examples of any 3 cognitive distortions and how a supervisor or team member could (or did) address the distortion to form a more accurate view of others. RESPONSE: