Social Skills: Attaining Targeted Impressions
Moving on from Impressions from Appearances, I talk with my students about how, in addition to our appearance, everything we say and everything we do gives others an impression of us. Therefore, we have significant control over what others think of us. We discuss how we would like different people in various contexts to have different impressions of us. For example, we may want our grandma to see us as loving and kind-hearted, while at a job interview we probably want the interviewer to think we are responsible and hardworking. Attaining Targeted Impressions provides four different scenarios that students can use to practice thinking about how they want to come across and what they can do to give those desired impressions. Fill in the scenarios with situations that are relevant to your individual students’ lives.