Our Names, Our Jobs

Can we blame Ron Paul’s political ambitions on his last name? Research suggests that people choose—or are unconsciously drawn to—careers that resemble their own names. The effect is stronger for women’s first names and men’s last names; psychologists hypothesize that women are less attached to their last names because they anticipate taking their husbands’.

If your name is Larry, are you more likely to become a lawyer? And if your name is Denise are you more likely to become a dentist? Psychologists from a 2002 study say that our first and last names may have a correlation to the jobs we end up in due to “implicit egotism,” in which we unconsciously associate ourselves with other things.

Okay, so that does mean I should have been a … Milkman … a … Danger to society? I guess I’m a danger to society.


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