I can tell a person’s personality by their face and watching them for a couple of minutes; this is something that I’ve believed quite strongly for a long time. And finally I’ve been proven conclusively – and pleasantly – wrong.
There’s a tendency for people to try and ease their brain’s processing load while judging the character of strangers. It’s not surprising – the brain doesn’t have unlimited resources or information, so sometimes it finds stereotypes serve as a useful shortcut. But more often than not, they’re counterproductive, and you end up making incorrect assessments.
It’s always a surprise when a stranger turns out to be completely different from your preconceptions, that you could be so utterly wrong in your judgement. Clearly I should be more careful in future.