• Impression Management: we tend to try to influence what others think about us.
• Partner Knowledge: what do we now about our friends and intimate partners, and what
our influences are
• Perception matters!
o i.e. washing hands (if others are there), attire, maintenance (hair, etc), email
• Is it lying?
o To "dress for success".
o To wear a shirt of a team that you're not necessarily a fan of.
o No…unless it's deliberate (don't get into sorority, get clothing displaying the
house's name, purposely giving false impression that you did get in).
o Pointing out areas of similarities and warmth
o Pointing out own skills, experience, accomplishments, etc
o Can be obnoxious (even if honest)
o Influence others' impressions so that they want to make you in charge (or bad
things might happen…).
o Unable to do something because injured, sick, incapable,… (even if honest)
• All 4 used occasionally by most people.
Image Management in Relationships
• Less is done to maintain im