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Several studies claim that the name your parents chose for you conditions some of your choices and even prints a mark on what life holds: from what job you choose to how many years you live, everything has to do in some degree with the letters that they name you.
The idea that our names are intertwined with our destiny has biblical roots: according to the book of Genesis, Abram changed his name to Abraham’s to adapt to his role as “father of multitudes”, which is the meaning of Abraham in the Hebrew language .
Well, in recent years various scientific studies have supported the relationship between name and destination, asserting that people are influenced by names when deciding with whom to marry, in what street they will live, with whom they will form a couple and even work with them. which will earn their living, among other things.
Your name in your life: 6 things that influence
* Choose profession . According to researchers from Wayne State University (USA) in the magazine “Names: A Journal of Onomastics”, our name and surname can influence us when choosing which career to study or which job to choose. For example, those who are called “Doctor” are more likely to study Medicine than Law. And the initial letter of the surnames of those who practice the medical profession also conditions them when choosing a specialty.
* Years of life : the initial letters of our name and our surnames also produce effects in the way they treat us and, by extension, in the quality and longevity of our life, as suggested by a controversial study carried out by the teacher of psychology Nicholas Christenfeld, University of California.
In 1999, Christenfeld analyzed the names of people who died in California from 1969 to 1995, and developed positive and negative lists of the initials of their names. For example, ACE (as), WIN (win) or VIP (very importan people) were included in the group of positive initials. RAT (rat), BUM (loafer) or SAD (sad), in the group of negative initials. After examining the initials of some 3,500 people, he discovered a very strong correlation between life expectancy and connotation of the initials of his name. His conclusion was that our initials can really influence the time and the cause of our death. “A symbol as simple as one’s initials can add four years of life or subtract three years from it,” he wrote in an article published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
* Sex appeal : According to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), women are sexier when their name has vowels with curves, such as “a” and “o”. And with men the opposite happens: they are considered more attractive when their names contain the “e” or the “i”.
In the experiment, the researchers posted photos with fake names in an online magazine that rated the attractiveness of the people. Some time later, they put back the same images but with different names. Thus they checked what they suspected: the qualifications varied.
* Be successful . In a study that revealed the cases of more than 6,000 people, the psychologist Richard Wiseman found that for the British to be called Elizabeth or James is associated with success. Lucy and Jack are the names of the luckiest, while it is considered that people with worse luck are called Helen or John. “This has consequences because employees with names associated with success or attractiveness may have more options to move up,” says Wiseman.
* Choose a company . A study by the University of Ghent (Belgium) conducted in 2009 revealed that the name-letter effect also causes people to choose to work in companies whose initial matches the first letter of their name or their surnames.
The influence of the name on the child’s personality
At the other extreme in terms of choosing the name are those who want to maintain at all costs the family tradition giving the case of families where the great-grandfather, grandfather, father, son and grandson bear the same name. And that is something that can cause more than one confusion . Different is the case in which the child bears the name of a deceased person as a tribute, something that may seem very emotional but does not cease to be a burden when the child finds his true identity.
This leads us to consider whether it is better to choose a strange, original, exotic name or a traditional name that is familiar to everyone. If the child bears a strange , eccentric or hard-to-pronounce name we may be encouraging teasing at school, feeling different and may be excluded. But it can also be that the child gets stronger feeling special .
The truth is that the name can greatly influence the personality of a child, but it is not decisive. What ultimately determines a child’s personality is the family environment in which childhood passes. If the child feels safe, if he is taught to believe in himself and his self-esteem is enhanced , the name he carries will be the least, even if that name draws too much attention.