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Could Names Determine People’s Character and Destiny?

by Derrick Smith

Do you believe that one’s name has a significant impact on their character and fate? Studies have shown that names influence people’s preferences, academic performance, career development, and even popularity.

People subconsciously get closer to their names. (Photo via unsplash.com)

Evanston, IL (Merxwire) – Can our name be a determining factor in shaping our destiny? There may be such a person by your side. He was named Raymond Judge when he was born and became a judge as an adult. Some people think this is a coincidence, but research has confirmed that our name does affect our school performance, career development, and even our popularity.

Name & Achievements

Someone explained that the reason for this is that we subconsciously get closer to our name. People call this phenomenon “Implicit egotism,” which is enough to explain why so many dentists are named Dennis (pronounced close to Dentist).

Imagine what the name of the princess in the fairy tale might be called? Sara, Belle, or Ariel? Some people say that when Disney announced “The Princess and the Frog”, the protagonist was named Madeline (Maddy), but critics said it was more like a slave’s name, and finally, the protagonist’s name was changed to Tiana.

The bouba/kiki effect

The bouba/kiki effect is a linguistic phenomenon that involves the connection between language and other senses. When you ask people what is bouba and what is kiki, more than 90% of the subjects will think that the rounder shape is bouba, and the sharper shape is kiki.

According to interviews, some writers associate the character, skills, and social class of the protagonist when choosing a name for the protagonist and associate the name with the socioeconomic background. Although this statement has caused widespread protests, a large number of studies have confirmed that many people have this habit.

Name and social class

David Figlio, Master of the School of Policy Studies at Northwestern University, has conducted several studies on the influence of names. He investigated the names commonly used by blue-collar workers or African Americans. For example, poor people like to use names with a suffix of isha (such as Lakisha), as do names with single quotes (such as Du’Quan).

David Figlio said that the influence of names on people will continue after graduation. “The name effect is very common in schools, even if teachers frequently interact with students. People will judge a person by name, and this habit is difficult to disappear.”

Everyone should be unique, no matter what the name is. Although the stereotype of names is not easy to change, we can learn to change from ourselves. When you know a friend, please don’t judge the person by name, but use the feeling of getting along to get to know him.

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