Essay about Names Can Have Substantial Influence in Decisions

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On a sunny morning, Mary walks down a street in St. Louis and meets Paul and Helen as they make their usual rounds with their dog. Later that day, she sits in a café to study a bit and sees her classmate Peter. She finishes her breakfast and gets tired of studying, so she goes to the movies and makes a new friend named Leonard. After a while, Mary gets hungry, and goes to a nearby diner, where she sees her good friend Louis. Within half a day, Mary, who is named after St. Mary, has met with five others that carry the name of a saint. All six happen to live in a “Saint” city. Is this a coincidence? Some studies show that this is not. In another city, Dennis is one of the most popular dentists around. His daughter Laura has recently received …show more content…
On a sunny morning, Mary walks down a street in St. Louis and meets Paul and Helen as they make their usual rounds with their dog. Later that day, she sits in a café to study a bit and sees her classmate Peter. She finishes her breakfast and gets tired of studying, so she goes to the movies and makes a new friend named Leonard. After a while, Mary gets hungry, and goes to a nearby diner, where she sees her good friend Louis. Within half a day, Mary, who is named after St. Mary, has met with five others that carry the name of a saint. All six happen to live in a “Saint” city. Is this a coincidence? Some studies show that this is not. In another city, Dennis is one of the most popular dentists around. His daughter Laura has recently received her degrees to be a lawyer, and already has prospective customers. His brother Rory owns a roofing company, though he initially studied biology. Is it a coincidence that these professionals’ names seem to correspond with their jobs? Again, studies seem to show this is a trend, not a coincidence. In fact, experts are saying that names can be a substantial influence in decision-making. Albeit the depth and manner of effects of names are different, psychological research from recent decades show that names have subconscious effects, and even instinctively, influencing their personality, career choice, residence, even success. Oftentimes upon hearing a word, an immediate bias is formed towards the word. The moment someone hears an unknown