Dress for Success

The question "How to achieve success at the first internship and later in life?" worries us in college on a daily basis. The answer, in fact, is not very complicated. We just need dress for success. The psychologists Jennifer Crocker, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Richard Petty gave us an insight into how dressing well might contribute to enhancing our potential.

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According to Petty, the way you dress influences the way you think, which is a vivid example of priming. It implies natural associations between the terms you hear, consisting of two steps. Clothing has a potential to activate thoughts. Once the thoughts have been activated, they start affecting the way an individual interprets the world around him/her. Ultimately, it may influence our impressions of each other.

As Crocker states, people create an impression of others very rapidly, basing on the minimal info they know about a particular person. You, as a college student, usually dress up for the job interview because you are convinced that it can both increase your potential and make an impression of a decent person. However, it implies more than just giving and obtaining reactions.

Another thing Crocker takes a considerable notice of is objectification. For instance, if you put on sweatpants to the class and others do not objectify you, you will not objectify yourself as well, which will help you remained concentrated and attentive. For this reason, college students are willing to dress more casually so that they do not grab someone’s attention. On the contrary, self-objectification may boost your confidence and, consequently, increase your potential.

Psychology aids us in realizing why we act in a particular way, but the first impressions we tend to follow are not always right. Crocker claims that people, being social animals, have to distinguish who is a friend and who is an enemy on short notice. Due to the first impressions, people figure out reliable and trustworthy individuals, although such a judgment is inaccurate. Petty shares Crocker’s point of view and adds that it is of utmost importance to understand the common misconceptions concerning the stereotypes and attempt to realize which effects they may have.