Impressions - Deeper Conversations
This is a WickedWhims v140 feature.
It takes just a few seconds to start making a good impression, but it can take a while to impress someone with your personality.
Good looks, proper manners, appearing optimistic, and being respectful isn’t what you focus on when trying to build chemistry.
Impressing someone with your personality goes a lot deeper, and typically requires some level of compatibility… unless you’re hiding who you really are.
Establishing a relationship doesn’t depend on compatibility, but it certainly helps to speed up the process.
So are you willing to fake who you truly are, just so you can quickly get closer to someone?
Although people’s personality matures with time, it stays fairly consistent, and with that in mind, every Sim is assigned one or two Personality Archetypes that match their traits. These personality archetypes identify who Sims really are, but it doesn’t force them to be seen as such.
Matching Personality Archetypes help Sims to determine if they are compatible and allow to impress with their similar view of the world. Appearing as compatible allows building chemistry, which subsequently allows to impress and instantly boost the relationship.
Sage Sims seek wisdom and focus on finding the truth in every situation. However, their knowledge-seeking nature causes them to think too much and not act enough.
Sims that are interested and focused on knowledge will most likely end up being a Sage.
Artist Sims strive to create things of enduring value and achieve their vision. In many cases, however, the fear of not being exceptional prevents their growth.
Sims that are creative and interested in crafting will most likely end up being an Artist.
Hero Sims are eager to demonstrate the courage to prove their worth and confidence. Subsequently, they might end up appearing arrogant by looking for faults in others to feel good about themselves or pick fights.
Sims that are sure of themselves and always ready to fight will most likely end up being a Hero.
Caregiver Sims are driven by their empathy and compassion to protect and care. Unfortunately, others can exploit their good nature for their own ends.
Sims that are focused on building a family and caring for others will most likely end up being a Caregiver.
Jester Sims live for the moments of joy, humor, and silliness. Often, though, they are irresponsible, wasting time by playing around instead of focusing on their goals.
Sims that are very humorous, outgoing, and maybe a little clumsy will most likely end up being a Jester.
Innocent Sims positivity and happiness has a great power to uplift others. But they can appear very childish and their optimistic perspective causes them to be too naive.
Sims that are cheerful, kind, or good in nature will most likely end up being Innocent.
Lover Sims crave intimacy, live to experience pleasure, and are very passionate. Nonetheless, with their desire to evoke love in others, they risk losing their own identity and appear shallow.
Sims that are very romantic, loving, or pleasure seeking, will most likely end up being a Lover.
Greedy Sims focus on generating as much revenue as possible and saving as much capital as possible, no matter the consequences. But their stingy approach to reality makes them appear selfish, envious, and villainous.
Sims that are only focused on earning money, appear snobby, or are simply evil will most likely end up being Greedy.
Everyman Sims just want to belong and feel like a part of something. They lack any distinctive identity and rarely stand out.
Sims that do not fit into any specific Personality Archetype end up being just an Everyman. This occurs when Sim has no personality defining traits or has conflicting personality traits.
Sims personality can change with new traits they gain throughout their life, but that’s a fairly rare occurrence.
Knowing what is significant in someone’s life and learning their personality is the key to impressing. Get to know them, discuss interests, get into deep conversations, and try to find topics that resonate with their personality.
Every Personality Archetype is associated with matching conversation topics and comes with extra social interactions. Discussing things that are related to certain personalities allows recognizing them in Sims and builds up chemistry. That chemistry directly affects Sim impression.
Good impression instantly improves the relationship and makes it easier to connect without deeply knowing the other person. That is a great foundation for building the relationship faster.
Diverse conversations with various people immensely improve your social experience, which is reflected in gained charisma and persuasion skills.
The Charisma skill helps a lot when trying to learn Sims personality and speeds up the process of impressing. It’s recommended to improve your Charisma before attempting to impress anybody, especially when thinking of faking a personality.
The Persuasion skill has a major effect on impressing Sims and decreases the chance of being found out when faking. Successful impressions will make it easier and easier to be more persuasive. Learning good persuasion skills is tough but definitely worth it.
Unfortunately, only around 15% to 20% of Sims population is compatible, which means that if you want to impress someone, you might need to fake it. That isn’t as bad as it might sound since impressing is only a temporary element of building the relationship, not to sustain it.
When deciding to fake it, the focus is on learning Sim personality by getting to know them, discussing interests, and simply talking. Improving the Charisma skill speeds up the process as well. Brute forcing your fake personality will only make you appear as a poser and ruin the relationship.
As long as you prepare and learn the Sim personality, there is no immediate downside to attempting a fake out.
Social connections are a delicate matter which can be easily disturbed when a deceitful person joins in.
Attempting to try every personality on a Sim to see what clicks is going to quickly fail. Sims aren’t that stupid and can tell when you’re brute forcing your way into the relationship. What you will end up with is a ruined relationship and being seen as a poser.
In the future, faking your personality with a high number of Sims will be met with a lost reputation. Lying to everyone eventually fails and makes you appear as a poser in everybody’s eyes.
Reputation [Future Update]
Finally, as the last step in the relationship enchantments, all of the social encounters require a persistent structure that everybody living around you can contribute to and create a society. Sims that know each other will share information, and affect the overall reputation of every other Sim they know. This reputation is the key to how everybody sees you and is a deciding matter when new relationships are built.
Hey! If you want to help support the development of WickedWhims, consider checking out my Patreon page. You will get a chance to try out the Impressions System and let me know what should be improved.