Can Your Child’s Name Impact Their Success?
Have you ever stopped to think how your name affects your chance of success? Or the name you are about to hang on that baby bump? Is there such a thing as looking like your name? Apparently so.
Last year, according to the Social Security Administration, the most popular boy names were Noah, Liam, William, Mason and James. For the girls is was Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella. Lovely names all, but just what does an Ava or a Liam look like?
There is new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that says a person's facial features actually become those we associate with their particular name.
(So this is what a “David” looks like? Apologies to all the Daves out there!)
In the study people were shown photos of different people and asked to guess that person's name from a list of five names.
Statistics say you should get 20% but It turned out people were able to guess the correct name far more often than the random chance - study participants nailed it a full 35 percent of the time.
Turns out there are some limitations because the study only worked on those who shared a national culture. But what’s really fascinating is that over time we start to "look" like our names –whatever THAT means! (Inc.)