Assignment: Exercises: Parts A, B, F—1,2,3,4,5 only
Carlin Flora was an editor and writer for Psychology Today from 2003-2011. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
She's currently writing a book (to be published by Doubleday in January 2013) on how friends influence us throughout life.
Think about your name. Think about how it was chosen for you. Then think about how others got their names and what names you have chosen for children and/or pets.
Some parents want names for their children that are unique but not too trendy. Other parents seem to love alternative spellings. How important is a name to our self-perception?
Another author, Bruce Lansky, wrote The Baby Name Survey Book: What People Think About Your Baby's Name. Lansky compiled 100,000 impressions of 1,700 names, promising to help parents pick a name with positive connotations. He tells readers that the name Vanna is considered dumb, Jacqueline is elegant , and Jacob, the number-one baby name for boys, suggests a religious, old-fashioned and quiet person. What does your name suggest about you, if anything?