One of the most difficult things to do is to change people's minds about a product or a person. Once that person has received a specific negative trait, it becomes associated with them for life, and sometime beyond.
This is one of the unfair ways we deal with each other. No matter how much people change, or alter their ways, the preconception remains.
Take for example the ideas we take about people. For example someone who is sleazy, will continue to have such a reputation. No matter how much he tries to clear up his act. If someone is not funny, the same applies to them
I really wonder, why don't we as humans reevaluate people for what they have become, not what they were when we first judged them!
I said judge, in the previous phrase for a reason. It's because no matter what we do, we end up judging people based on what we see. It might be 10% of their personality, but we still pass judgement. (No matter how much we say/think/hope that we don't)
These preconceptions just never leave us. They stick around, harming us and our future lives as they are passed from one person to another.
I seriously can't find an easy way to change these preconceptions that we have. A strong jolt of reality sometimes help. Let me share this example from my personal experience.
There used to be this girl back during my university days. She used to dress provocatively, used heavy makeup. The word out was that she's one of those really bad girls who jump from guy to guy. I frankly fell for the reputation. That was how I thought of that lady. All until one day we were face to face on an issue, and she turned out to be more respectable and honorable than the people who were talking about her, cowardly behind her back.
That was the day when I apologize to her retroactively. I decided that I will not listen what people say from that point onward. I realized that people lie, or make mistakes. Everyone does. But once that mistake, or lie passes the first round, it becomes sort of a fact.
I decided to base my judgement based on what I see from the person. And if I didn't know them, I couldn't pass judgement! Simple!
But back to preconceptions, think of people you know, have you branded someone with a negative thought unfairly? Shouldn't we all reconsider?