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Does wearing Glasses affect People’s Perception of You?

Does wearing Glasses affect People’s Perception of You?

I wear glasses all the time and I’m not really aware whether they make me look smarter or not. What do you think? Do glasses make you look smarter?

Let’s try to dig deeper about this issue and see whether using eyewear can actually influence people to think that you’re more intelligent. In 2011 a German scientist named Helmut Leder put up a study about it. He researched about 3 categories:

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  1. Not wearing glasses
  2. Wearing frameless glasses and
  3. Wearing full-framed glasses

He found out that wearing eyeglasses have other factors that come into play when studying its effect on people’s perception. The following factors wear considered:

  • likability
  • trustworthiness
  • success
  • attractiveness

We’re not surprise, people who don’t wear glasses were perceived as being more attractive and more likable.

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People with full-framed glasses were perceived as more distinct, had more people focus on their eyes, and were given more eye-contact and general attention to the eyes. (So, they have better rapport, upfront). These individuals were also thought of as being more intelligent and successful. But, here’s the thing, these guys weren’t as likable, seen as not trustworthy, and are perceived as less attractive.

The group with rimless glasses did not have distinctiveness and the eye contact given to the people with full-rimmed glasses.

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But, this group’s attractiveness and likability scores were better than the group with full-rimmed glasses. The group’s success and intelligent scores were also high compared to the group with no glasses.

Look at the chart:

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eyeglasses-chart

    According to the data, if you are going to use glasses, anyway, better go for the rim less type. The following factors are up when choosing them: attractiveness, attention to eyes, perceived as successful, intelligence, and trustworthiness. However, if you just want to be attractive and being likable, opt for contacts, and if you want to be perceived as intelligent, have a better chance of a good rapport with people, and considered as successful, then wear full-framed glasses.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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