Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers discusses how easily and quickly we judge people based on their appearance, and whether one aspect of a person's appearance changes them (such as a beard)...sounds a bit like Taming of the Shrew

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Comment by Emily LaVigne on March 10, 2013 at 3:22pm

Wow! That is a great video because it is so true! We hear all the time from adults and our peers to not judge people based on their appearance because that does not mean anything about who they are as a person. I completely agree with this, but it doesn't stop  me from making snap decisions about a person when I first see them. I usually make that mental note, then try to get to know them so I can go back and see if my initial judgement was right. This helps me realize that appearances are decieving and we shouldn't focus to much on it. 

Comment by Amy R. on March 12, 2013 at 4:39pm

My sister Kim went to school to become a librarian and learned that you are actually supposed to judge a book by it's cover- funny! But that we extend such simple bad versus good thought processes to how we judge people is really  sad.

Comment by Reilly Siepka on March 16, 2013 at 3:54pm

I look at book covers to decide if I'm actually going to read the book all the time! Like if the book has a girl in a pretty princess dress on the cover I can guarantee that I'm ten times more likely not to check it out just based on that fact alone. I think judging people is just a way of life sometimes it's more useful than others and sometimes we can be completely wrong about the people that we are judging. However, we are humans and it's in our nature to judge. What we do with those judgements is up to us.

Comment by Jessica Peterson on March 16, 2013 at 4:24pm

I like the point he made about how he didn't know if keeping his glasses or sticking with contacts in high school would have made him a different person. Other people definitely react and respond differently to us based on how we look or what we wear, I think it's just a matter of changing our personality to fit who they think we are or if we are comfortable enough to be ourselves and not become our facial hair or large framed glasses!

Comment by Anuhya Abbaraju on March 19, 2013 at 8:47pm

I have always made judgements on how a book is going to be by looking at the cover. It's kind of funny how I've always ignored the"DOn't judge a book by it's cover" saying. Now, my side has finally been supported. Yes! Thanks Sumi!

Comment by Nora Finegan on October 18, 2013 at 5:10pm
I agree that every day we are judging people by the way we look. We might not make friends with someone because of their appearance, and sometimes our judgements are right, though lots of times we are misjudging. However, I do believe it is ok to judge a book by its cover. So many times the book reflects the cover, and that's why I think it is totally ok to do so.
Comment by Stephanie Spartz on October 21, 2013 at 6:29pm

I definitely do look at book covers to decide if I am going to read it or not. And in some cases, I think this can be a good way to begin your book search. People, are also judged like this sometimes, but I think that lots of times physical appearance is very different from personalities. Bottom line I think judging a book by its cover is acceptable, while judging people can lead to lots of missed opportunities.

Comment by Matt McCabe on October 21, 2013 at 7:46pm

I do judge books by their covers and sadly people sometimes.  In books I believe it can be a good thing because the cover says a lot about what the book is about.  I always read the summary on the back too just so that I don't choose something that bores me. Judging people I believe is wrong.  However everyone does it instinctually.

Comment by Nikki Gundimeda on March 19, 2014 at 5:16am

I am a visual learner, so I do often judge a book by its cover. Sometimes, I think it's  a good thing. If a book's cover adheres to my current mood, I may connect with it more. We shouldn't judge people by appearances or initial meetings, but we are only human, and I can say for myself that I've been guilty of doing it every now and then. I think it's pragmatic if you are initially judgmental as long as you don't let that initial judgment cloud become your final opinion on something or someone until you've had an actual conversation with them or tried reading a chapter of the book.

Comment by Kristian Sayre on March 19, 2014 at 8:26am
I judge books by their covers all the time. I know it's not the right way to choose a book but then again who doesn't do it on some level?


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