Does your appearance predetermine other’s perceptions of you? If so, in what ways and by how much? When people meet you, do they immediately decide what kind of a person you are and what you represent based on your height, weight, hair color, clothing, etc.?
I’m short. Never quite went through the kind of growth spurt most people go through. Reached “5 foot and one-half inch” in fifth grade. Haven’t grown since.
For me, most people tend to automatically box me in the “goodie goodie,” “doesn’t ever swear,” “cute and little,” “isn’t ever mean to anyone” category. Now, I’m not saying I do or don’t belong there… It just seems to be a perception that people get from me.
I know I should be happy that people see me as such because, obviously, it could be worse. Even so, it gets old. I’m not saying I’m the devil reincarnated. I’m just nowhere near as angelic as some people perceive me to be. (Exp. When I swear, I often hear, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you just swore! That’s the first time I’ve ever heard K swear!” – Crazy.)
Anyway, I’m just wondering if height has anything to do with it. If I were 5 foot 8 inches for instance, would people still be apt to say such things? Or, is it just the personality/attitude one conveys to people?