We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

According to a recent study, we all tend to associate names with certain personality traits. Names that contain t and k sounds apparently have different profiles than those with l or n sounds. What this means is that people with the name Jack or Katie might be considered to be extroverts. However, in reality, they are probably no more extroverted than someone called Lauren.

Other past studies have shown that many people tend to associate some sounds with shapes. For example, the word “kiki” is thought to be a spiky word, whereas “bouba” has a rounded shape.

Interestingly, a study that took place at the University of Calgary showed that names such as Lauren were more agreeable and seemed more conscientious than a perceived extroverted name like Katie.

But why do we assume that some people are more agreeable or extroverted based on their name? It could be because we have associations with certain names. For example, you might have a lovely friend called Lauren, and a rather extroverted friend called Katie. However, the study that took place at the University of Calgary suggested that this is not the case at all. Instead, we might have learned to associate some sounds with some particular emotional contexts. For example, we might use some soft sounds in calm situations, and associate names like Owen and Lauren with calm situations.

There was also a theory that names just as Katie and Jack sound quite abrupt. Therefore, we may automatically assume that people with these names have more energy and be more extroverted.

No matter what the reason is behind why we automatically add a personality to a name, it does impact how we see people. Of course, once we get to know the Katies, Jacks, Owens, and Laurens of this world we might change our view of them.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk