Artist Maria Filar created this design as a response to common feedback that her expressions made her seem unapproachable. After being bullied as a child, Maria had created a stern mask to project from the world as a defense mechanism. As she grew into a strong adult, she held onto this persona.
Maria explains, “This is a sort of self-portrait describing the push and pull in the way I present myself to the world. One side says, ‘stay away’ but the deeper part of me says, ‘Please be brave enough to know me. There’s a whole complex universe inside of me that I want to show you.’"
Artist: Maria Filar
We are often influenced by our own biases rather than actual evidence. We fall into the trap of believing a first impression gives a clear picture of character and if a person is slow to open up, we may have already written them off before giving them a real chance. If you want to see a person clearly, you need to be skeptical of your own beliefs - which takes a great deal of cognitive effort. While our image of a person does change as we get to know them, there is evidence that our initial reactions and view still play a role even years down the road. (Psychology Today)
Being mean or short with others is usually a reflection of some unresolved emotional issues within ourselves. Often times, to stay in control of our fear of rejection or to cover past trauma, we are mean or cold to others in order to maintain a safe controllable distance. This can prevent us from ever getting close enough to someone to allow them to hurt us, but it also results in us missing out on close friendships and relationships we might have otherwise enjoyed. (Why We Suffer)
Question: Who did you judge too early based on your first impression? How has your opinion of them changed over time?
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