Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Researchers: Name Can Affect Life Chances

BERLIN, Jan. 7 (UPI) — A name that others associate with bad qualities can have effects throughout adult life, German researchers say.

In a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the researchers report on what they found using responses to profiles on a European online dating service, Postmedia News in Canada reported. Wiebke Neberich, a former associate with the International Max Planck Research School, said the group wanted to find the consequences of name “valence” or associations.

“It’s a mostly unconscious process where all the associations we have with a particular name will pop up: from the newspapers, from stories and, of course, from our own history,” Neberich said.

The researchers found that in Germany names with “positive valence” like Alexander got a much better response than those with “negative valence” like Kevin. The number of people responding to the Alexanders was double that of the Kevins.

The researchers cautioned different cultures value different names. Kevins might do far better in the United States or Ireland.

But they also warned parents to be careful when they name their babies. The team said names can affect education, relationship chances and self-esteem.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Researchers: Name Can Affect Life Chances”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.