The Power of Names: How What You're Called Influences Who You Are

The Power of Names: How What You're Called Influences Who You Are

How do you feel about your name? Studies suggest that liking your own name is predictive of well-being and happiness, and it also positively affects your self-esteem. But does your name affect how other people treat you? Research suggests that this can absolutely be the case. For example, one study found a correlation between boys with traditionally girls names and boys that had difficulties in school.

What's In A Name?

People ascribe personality traits to different letters and phonetic sounds.

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Do You Like Your Name? You Should.

Positive feelings about your own name might lead to a happier existence.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    A study found a correlation between boys with traditionally girls' names had more difficulties in school. (0:46)

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    Peoples' names are linked to social status and other societal aspirations. (1:46)

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    Names can have a psychological affect on one's self-perception and overall mental health. (2:08)

Your Name Could Dictate Your Career

Is little Sally Baker more likely to own a bakery when she grows up?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    One study found that job applicants with equal qualifications were more likely to be hired if they had "white-sounding" names. (0:55)

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    People appear more likely to choose careers with labels that resemble their own name. (2:18)

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    Researchers theorize that nominative determinism happens because people prefer things that they can relate to themselves. (2:35)

10 Illegal Baby Names

Don't even think about naming your Norwegian baby Bridge.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    It is illegal to name a baby "Devil" in Japan. (0:18)

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    It is illegal to name a baby "@" in China. (0:59)

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    It is illegal to name a baby "Stallion" in New Zealand. (1:28)

Even Dolphins Have Names

The names consist of signature whistles that dolphins may use to find each other.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Each dolphin's signature whistle serves as a "name" and also carries other information about an individual. (0:25)

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    Dolphins can create new whistles to identify objects and even human trainers. (1:22)

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    Dolphins may be able to recall all of the individuals in a certain group after hearing the signature whistle for one member. (2:13)

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