As humans, we know that each of us is different. Though there are chances that we somehow look, dressed, think, behave, and respond the same way, those things will still have a slight difference overall. There are only quite a few instances where we tend to be identical with another individual, and it probably is just one in a million. Still, we are all unique individuals with different personalities, traits, and perceptions.


I seem to emphasize this because I want to discuss few things with human nature. As much as we love to stick with good and likable personalities, we often judge impressions. In fact, every time we give our opinion about a person, we always start with what we first know about them, how we look at them, and how others also view them positively or negatively.

Speaking of positive impressions, we, humans, are somehow bound to focus and look at the good things that other people want us to see. That sometimes, even if that individual turns out to be one of the worse, we still can’t shrug the idea that he or she is still capable of doing bad, hurtful, and devastating things out of nowhere. And that leaves us with the halo effect.

What is the halo effect in psychology? 

The halo effect is a well-recognized social-psychology phenomenon where one characteristic or trait of a person is used to construct an overall judgment. It causes people to become biased due to the transferring of unwanted feelings about one unrelated quality. But the Halo effect is not all bad as it promotes the inclination for assertive impressions of an individual that can also undeniably influence one’s opinion or feelings in other areas.

But the halo effect is not limited to humans. It also describes the tendency to let a single positive attribute guide the people’s overall opinion on a product or experience. One of the good things about the halo effect is that it limits negative judgment. It allows viewers to see the good side of about despite the presence of negativity.


 What is an example of the halo effect? 

One example of the halo effect is when a person assumes that a well-dressed and good-looking person in a photograph also has an overall good personality. It is a typical error in judgment that relies only on the reflected beliefs of an individual’s ideology, prejudices, preferences, and social perception. With the Halo effects commonality, the best example that is obvious is in action is people’s overall positive impression of TV personalities, politicians, social media influencers, and celebrities.

 What is meant by Halo Effect? 

Though there is nothing wrong with having an impression on the person, the “halo effect” is something more unrealistically inappropriate. It relies only on an individual’s trait to secure an overall assessment of his personality, ability, and character. It continues with prompt decisions, even if those are biased ones. The halo effect is where people always form positive opinions and impressions of another person or a group without even checking their backgrounds and whatnots. It feels like these people’s decisions are often perceived as the right ones and that what they say is always true.

Halo effect, for some, can cause exaggerations. That is because the general opinion of something or someone can impact how much the individuals outlined an overall positive impression. It is like hearing someone say that when a person dressed very attractively, looked good and behaved well, he or she is a well-educated and good-hearted individual. The irony here is the tendency of the attitude does not back up the claim.

 What causes the halo effect? 

People experience the halo effect differently. But most of the time, once they form an admirable early impression of someone, they often try their best to prove that those impressions the individuals have are always right. It somehow adds to an advantage as it gives the people who created that impression a positive feeling of accomplishment.

However, the effect can turn out bad due to undesirable approval given to those persons or things that somehow do not deserve to be favored. Thus, it creates an imbalance in treatment and evaluation of the ones that need recognition.

 What is the difference between the halo effect and stereotyping? 

A stereotype is the accepted belief about a group, a thing, or someone with only a little basis in reality. It s purpose is to stick with the gross generalizations. On the other hand, a halo effect is when one good quality stands out and is used to make good generalizations with no evidence or basis.

Sometimes, it seems to be taking the metaphor too far because people cannot properly use it for negative biases. It leads to unfair differences in how other people are treated, especially in social connection, boundary, and disciplinary issues.


 How can we stop the halo effect? 

Though people are used to generalizing ideas, beliefs, and options, it is vital to minimize unhealthy preferences. Thus, they should look for various cognitive debiasing techniques to validate or slow down one’s sometimes too-good-to-be-true or unrealistic reasoning process. For example, if an individual is aware of the halo effect, he should decrease the prejudice by considering two possible impressions of someone when he first meets him.

It would be best not to immediately end up judging someone’s attitude just because they look nice and neat in person. There should be at least a small percentage to give a benefit of the doubt, just in case.

 What is the difference between the halo effect and the horn effect? 

While the halo effect is a cognitive bias that relies on someone’s positive traits or something, the horn effect is its opposite. It is the cognitive process where one instantly judges a person based on one unwanted and unfavorable trait.

 How do you make a halo effect? 

To make a halo effect, one should put a good impression first. A person should manage his reputation and consider it a full-time job. Thus, he needs to be well-groomed all the time, needs to hang around with high valued individuals, and boost his confidence.