What Your Name Has to Do With Your Career Path

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Psychologists have both suggested and studied the possibility that your name can be a big influence in the career you choose to pursue.

Psychologists have both suggested and studied the possibility that your name can be a big influence in the career you choose to pursue.

The world is filled with examples that support this thinking, like the runner Usain Bolt and acoustic engineer Ron Rumble.

But does it happen often enough to qualify as a scientific fact?

Some researchers have put in the hours exploring the phenomenon and say it does.

In 2002, psychologists at the State University of New York at Buffalo set out to assess how common it is for people to pursue professions that are related to their first names.

A preliminary search showed that women who are named Denise or Dena, for example, do often end up being dentists.

In fact, they gravitate towards the field at a greater frequency than they do to law.

Using census data from 1990 they also found that nationwide there were more dentists named Dennis than either Walter or Jerry.

The study’s authors chalk it up to what they call ‘implicit egotism’.

According to them, that means, “..people should prefer people, places, and things that they associate unconsciously with the self.”

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