Meeting someone new can be quite daunting. However, when we do, there’s always a potential that the person we met can become a friend, a partner, or even an employer. 5 studies looked at what strangers thought about talking with each other. The results of the study showed that people tend to like others a lot more than we realise. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

While many of us tend to overestimate our abilities, one thing we tend to underestimate is how much people like us.

It has been suggested that one of the reasons behind this is because any perceived mistakes we have made during the conversation can encourage us to perform better in the future. However, the stranger we’ve been talking to has no perception of what it is we are aiming for. They also have no idea if we fall short of any target that we have set ourselves. This means they are likely to be a lot less critical than we imagine.

When listening to a stranger, we tend to think that their conversation could have been even worse. This is an interesting point of view that we take of others when we are so negative about ourselves. 

We might spend too much time thinking about our own “performance” when speaking with others. The result is that we don’t notice any signals that show how much the other person is enjoying the conversation. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk