Outward appearance is an important way in which people make judgments about others, especially before they know anything else about the person. The way a person dresses can make others believe they are something they really aren’t. For example, a defendant may dress professionally in court to try to sway a jury or someone may wear scrubs to get the respect normally paid to a doctor. The way a person dresses may also influence their own behavior, causing them to act the part for which they are dressed. It is important to remember that a person’s appearance is just that in order to stay safe from those who might want to deceive others in order to cause harm.
- People tend to treat those who are wearing luxury brand clothing better than those who are not.
- People have a more favorable opinion of someone who is wearing a doctor’s lab coat or scrubs.
- Consider the surrounding circumstances before you jump to conclusions about a particular individual.
“The tendency to read a book by its cover is corroborated by both experience, and research.”