There are times when a first impression is all that you need; that’s it; stop there.
It’s natural for us to take a thought and run with it to critically think and learn our way through a problem or a conflict. We suppose there may be a better alternative that is possible for the end result that we want. So we connect, create and discover an approach to solve that problem.
If you hear that another person spoke negatively of you, should you launch into problem solving mode or simply accept that thought as a first impression and move on? Have or will you be harmed by what this person might have said about you? If not, then let it go.
Nietzsche defined this wisdom to let first impressions go as “to stop courageously at the surface.” Nothing more, nothing less.
Can you stop there and not get carried away?