Choosing a Child's Name? Their Future Happiness (and Exam Success) May Be at Stake; Welsh Research Discovers Link to Self-Esteem
Byline: Robin Turner
WHAT'S in a name? Future happiness, self-esteem and peace of mind, according to research carried out in a Welsh university.
But Jochen Gebauer, lead author of a new psychological study, warns that people really have to like their own names before the peace of mind, happiness and selfesteem kick in.
He claims to have uncovered a clear link between name-liking and overall self-esteem.
"People who have high selfesteem tend to like their name more," said Mr Gebauer, a PhD student in the school of psychology at Cardiff University.
"The reason is known as the 'mere-ownership effect'which essentially means that if we like ourselves, we prefer things that are …
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Publication information: Article title: Choosing a Child's Name? Their Future Happiness (and Exam Success) May Be at Stake; Welsh Research Discovers Link to Self-Esteem. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: June 26, 2008. Page number: 17. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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