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I always found it an interesting concept. So I wasn't all wrong.
Umm...Rainbow unicorn??? lol! All of a sudden I feel very comfortable with my present avatar...
Expectations of achievement
In another study published in the same journal, sixth-graders' self-concept--how effective, attractive, and valued they felt--was related to the desirability of their first names. Moreover, children with desirable first names scored higher on a standardized test of academic achievement. One possible interpretation is that teachers expect children with more popular names to do better and so, over time, those positive expectations translate into actual higher levels of achievement.
In considering these studies, it's important not to assume that teachers apply stereotypes any more than anyone else. Teachers merely are easier to study because researchers can look at the grades they handed out. The same forces are probably at work in the average workplace as well as in the classroom.
A link to emotional disturbance?
This is an intriguing question. One particularly suggestive study, done in 1954, looked at 1,682 case histories of children treated in a mental health clinic in New Jersey. Boys with unusual first names (names that occurred only once or twice among the group of children) were more likely to have moderate or severe emotional disturbance, compared with boys with more common names. (The same effect was not found among the girls in the clinic, however.)
What is the possible connection between names and emotional problems? It may be that the parents who give their children truly odd names also tend to act in other ways that might increase psychological risk. Or perhaps growing up with an odd name leads to experiences--being teased, for example--that undermine mental health.
Originally posted by Spiramirabilis
I like your avatar - and if it makes you feel any better - not really evil looking enough to be Sauron
No that does NOT make me feel any better! My avatar has just violated it's whole purpose of existence! It was MEANT to be really really evil looking.
...Now we have statistical evidence of the actual effect names can have on people/kids! It pretty much proves a lot of the theories that have been put out on this thread so far. That's some great work you did digging that up. ...
ALMOST evil??? If only Sauron were here reading this...
As for the art, yes, it truly is amazing. It's by Timo Vihola.
...Though I wonder what scary-ass movies you've been watching to make you so immune...
Here's his original rendition of Sauron, which I cropped and tweaked to make my avatar. I assure you, the original pic is much scarier.
that's some kind of outfit - now there's a guy who doesn't want a hug
Tolkein has managed to capture the true essence of most of the characters in his names. I don't know how he did it. Maybe he was aware of the images that names can paint in your mind. Or maybe it just came to him. Either way, he was a pure genius. You can expect nothing less from a man who invented a whole new language, with a written script, poetry and everything, just to add to the realism of his storybook.
The Languages of Arda are artificial languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien and used in his legendarium, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. They are important as an inspiration for his imaginary world and as a method for giving a realistic linguistic depth to names and special words that is generally lacking in fantasy and science fiction stories. In discussing the languages Tolkien invented, it is necessary to consider two aspects: their "primary world" history, namely their actual development by Tolkien as a philologist, and their "secondary world" history, namely their imagined historical development in the history of Middle-Earth.