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People Are Not Always How They Appear

Back when I was in high school, I took a leadership class, and though the subject matter was somewhat indefinable, it may have been one of the more valuable classes I had because it taught me life skills like communication and working with other people. In fact, one assignment still lingers with me today. We were asked to share with our classmates what our first impression of them had been and then fill in the following statement:

People usually assume that I ______ but what they'd be surprised to know about me is ______.

It was fascinating to find out how misperceived everyone was. Since I know that this is applicable at any age and point in life, try filling in the blanks yourselves. Tell me: What do people assume about you? But what are you really?


jasmint jasmint 9 years
I have had this discussion with friends. Upon meeting me people tend to think I am bitchy, arrogant, and very hip. Then when they get to know me they realize I'm just shy, slightly socially awkward, and very nerdy. Way to go, me.
photojunkie photojunkie 9 years
that i am cold and serious when i am actually very warm and funny
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
That I'm cute/innocent. And that I'm super confident. The reality to both is the opposite.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
People always think that I'm everything I'm not and never see the real things about me. I'm so shy when I'm around new people and they don't get to know the real me for a long time. I also am a negative person so I have to try my hardest to act positive so people don't think I'm such a bitch.
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 9 years
A lot of people think I'm stuck up or antisocial, and I'm really not - I just get so tongue tied when meeting new people in social situations! And just because I don't work the party circuit doesn't mean I can't be fun either - I just prefer the silly kind of fun to the lets-get-drunk-and-not-remember-tonight-tomorrow kind of fun. That scares me, quite frankly. And a lot of people think I'm very prudish. My boyfriend could definitely tell them otherwise! lol
Seka21 Seka21 9 years
People take one look at me and think.. bitch, happy, rich, snobby.. everyone assumes im totally perfect and my life in amazing. Im melancholy, emotional... REALLY insecure.. not snobby at all, loyal, hardworking ..... and a little lonely. I cry myself to sleep sometimes... i dont think youd guess that by meeting me.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I have the stuck-up problem too - in fact, I'm shy and insecure. People always often assume that I'm super-smart, but am definitely not...most of my friends are actually smarter than me.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
People usually assume that I am a b!tch but what they'd be surprised to know about me is I am loyal, good listener and friendly!
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
People always assume I am quiet or stuckup because I am shy when I first meet people. But once they get to know me, they only WISH I was quiet! And I do make plenty of mistakes and have my dumb moments, but I am not as much of a dumb blonde as others think I am.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
People usually assume that I'm aloof but what they'd be surprised to know about me is i'm preoccupied with thoughts of my disabled child.
sldc sldc 9 years
I think people tend to be surprised about my intelligence and how unconventional I really am.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that people assume that i'm very confident but im' really one of the least confident people out there. i know what my strengths and weaknesses are, and i try not to let on about that - so people tend to have the wrong impression of me.
kluster86 kluster86 9 years
People usually assume that i am VERY mean, bitchy, and uneducated... what may surprise them is that i am very shy, quiet, and the smartest person in my major. I think it;s just my face, lol. I have this really mean face that i can't get rid of (ive had the same face ever since i was a baby) and people just assume that i'm mean and unapproachable. People also assume I'm uneducated because i'm usually joking around all the time.. but what they fail to realize is that i make nothing but A's and I present my papers at scholastic conferences every year.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 9 years
I'm at a point in my life where I honestly have no idea what other people think of me, or how other people see me. I have no idea what I think of myself right now. I'm too wrapped up in that to wonder about other's thoughts. It's not fun.
ally14 ally14 9 years
Yeah I agree with almost famous. People think I'm stuck up and cold but I'm really just shy!
Ninabear218 Ninabear218 9 years
I really think what everyone is saying is pretty awesome. I really agree with Glowing Moon. I am also seen as a pretty conservative person, but my closest friends and family know I am far from that!
Ninabear218 Ninabear218 9 years
People usually assume that -since I am always happy I've always had a perfect life- but what they'd be surprised to know about me is -I have come a long way from my childhood years which were very painful and rough and that i am lucky to have turned out pretty "normal"-.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
People usually assume that I __am conservative__but what they'd be surprised to know about me is __that I'm a maverick__. I march to the beat of my own drum.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
People assume that I am a flake but what they'd be surprised to know about me is that I do it on purpose.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
People usually assume I'm really outgoing but what they'd be surprised to know about me is that I'm quite shy. (I really have to work at it.. being open and chatty and friendly, that is).
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
Oh yeah, and I dress down because if I dress up... I'm automatically after aomeone's man. LOL Who needs that drama?
Alyssa9986 Alyssa9986 9 years
People usually assume that I am always happy, but what they'd be surprised to know about me is that I have A LOT of sadness...
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
We did this at camp when I was president of our drama club...which tells its own story. assume / surprised ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ mean a pushover cynical disappointed country bohemian extrovert introvert judgmental thought provoking fat(haven't seen me) athletic schizophrenic/liar well trained actor/emphatic *You'd be amazed at the lies and rumors that have been born of these assumptions... I think I'm gonna write a play about it. :ROTFL:
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I know people believe I'm stuck up because I'm caution and slow to act when making friends only because I've been burned several times... But hey! I can't help that women can be
said8me said8me 9 years
People usually assume that because I'm heavily adorned with piercings and tattoos, that I'm unintelligent, mean or a wasteoid. I've actually got a BS in Comp Sci, work for a software company, am quite pleasant as well as personable, and own a townhouse.
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