Sorry, what'd you say? Now, how do you feel - that's how important first impressions are. they are our survival instinct.
True, ianlarc's is a very good one, but pur first impressions are so tied in with our survival instinct that they don't take into account whether a person is having a good day or not. Really didn't matter if the woolly mammoth was having a good day, as he is chomping your ear off - Tusk Tusk!!
it really depends on that impression. When I first got to know my hubby, I hated him. I thought he was an arrogant jerk with his head up his own backside and he thought i was a snob. However, my first impressions were wrong and thirty years on, we are still together.
I don't make a very good first impression, I might grow on you though! I am parasitic that way :D
They can be .. but it's more important to get to know someone before you decide what you really think.
First impressions will get you in the door. Second impressions will decide if you get to stay in the house!