Heavens to Mergatroyd: What’s in a Name

NamesHere is an excerpt from an article looking at the significance of names.  This has often struck me as interesting, especially when I run across an interesting name of a Senior, such as Nelda, Archie or Moses.

A name is, after all, perhaps the most important identifier of a person. Most decisions are made in about three to four seconds of meeting someone, and this “thin-slicing” is surprisingly accurate. Something as packed full of clues as a name tends to lead to all sorts of assumptions and expectations about a person, often before any face-to-face interaction has taken place. A first name can imply race, age, socioeconomic status, and sometimes religion, so it’s an easy—or lazy—way to judge someone’s background, character, and intelligence.

So I am trying to be more aware of how I make judgments based on a name.  While sometimes the name fits like a glove, its useful to wait until each new acquaintance has a chance to express their unique personality.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/who-wins-in-the-name-game/374912/

 

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