Saturday, July 30, 2005

A Work of Fiction

After finishing Moby Dick, I picked up a lighter read to dive into: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd.

Here's an interesting quote from the paperback version (p. 104):
I have noticed that if you look carefully at people's eyes the first five secons they look at you, the truth of their feelings will shine through for just an instant before it flickers away.
I know the book is a work of fiction, but is there any truth to this? Perhaps there are some bloggers out there have experiences that verify such a statement. If so, I will thank you to share your story here in the comments.


Anonymous said...

Simultaeous invention?

Read Malcolm Gladwell.

Gladwell also posts his New Yorker articles.

Jet said...

Interesting. It ties into the theory of first impressions. I generally tend to decide whether or not I trust somebody very early into contact.

Nedhead said...

The fact that you actually read Moby Dick in its entirety gives me a flash into your personality. Masocist.

Anyway, I think there is a lot of truth to "first impressions". I know people who can draw a very accurate bead on someone within the first minute of a meeting. But, I think such quick impressions need to be tempered by more in depth "research". (Although I accurately diagnosed a particular jackass recently within 5 minutes). What if you caught me on a bad day and you saw anger in my eyes in that instant. Am I now an angry person with a huge chip on my shoulders? It takes more than a minute to get know someone (shit, takes more than a lifetime), and speaking for myself, I try very hard to give people the benefit of the doubt.