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The New 5 Second Rule – Redefining the First Impression: Quita Christison (Transcript)

Quita Christison at TEDxPortsmouth

Here is the full text and audio of youth empowerment activist Quita Christison’s talk titled “The New 5 Second Rule: Redefining the First Impression” at TEDxPortsmouth conference.

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“Five seconds is all it takes to have a first impression. First impressions are the point of no return. You’ve started to judge the other person.”

TRANSCRIPT:

So there’s a small chance in this short amount of time that you’ve had a little moment to notice something about me. That was about five seconds.

Five seconds is all it takes to have a first impression. First impressions are the point of no return. You’ve started to judge the other person.

A nicer way to say this is: you’ve started to form an opinion or conclusion about that person. Your brain saw me and immediately tried to put me into categories from most obvious to least: small female incredible fashion-sense, and so on and so forth.

Yes, I’m a little person. I have Pyknodysostosis which results in a rare form of dwarfism that has me fairly proportional. So for unfocused eyes, at four feet five inches, I can appear to be a nine-year-old girl and sometimes people treat me as such.

They let their unconscious categorization of me lead the way in how they’re going to treat me. I don’t want you to believe I haven’t done something similar to others. I’m not special. I’m just as human. We’ve all messed up.

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