Researchers have found that sharing physical traits with others creates a “perceived attitudinal similarity.” We expect people who are like us (e.g. gender, race, hair color, etc.) to be like us. So, if you break your word, you think that others will, too. If you over-promise and under-deliver, that’s what you’ll expect from others. But if you’re trustworthy, you tend to assume others are, too. (Nan S. Russell in “Psychology Today”) Another piece of evidence showing how I see myself colors how I see everyone else. The power of my thoughts is beyond most any other force, yet my thinking seems harmless without close examination. What I am aware of I can change. And what I can change I can improve. Just another example of how awareness can be life altering in a positive way
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow