We might make assumptions based on what they are eating, or maybe reading; an English classic novel, a certain high-brow newspaper or magazine or a tabloid. We might modify our thoughts based on what they are carrying with them, a bag, a rucksac, a briefcase. Are they carrying or wearing their coat or hat or jacket? Are they on their own or with a companion? How often has a person then spoken to you and you realise that you had either totally misjudged them or actually guessed correctly.

We set a lot of store on first impressions, love at first sight, our first instincts, but it is a skill you need to hone and even then you might not always get it right!

The Dalai Lama is reputed to have said that "Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent." Truly wise words!