Unique Baby Names: A Sign Of Narcissism?

Apple, Zuma, Maddox, Pilot Inspecktor…celebrity baby names sometimes seem like a form of found art, as if the A-lister just randomly pointed at a word in a book (or in a Gwyneth’s case, her grocery list) and then wrote it on a birth certificate. And while having an unusual, cartoon character-esque name may just seem like eccentricity, a new study published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, uncovers that it’s more likely narcissism.

Jean Twenge, PhD, one of the researchers said, “The most compelling explanation left is this idea that parents are much more focused on their children standing out. There’s been this cultural shift toward focusing on the individual, toward standing out and being unique as opposed to fitting in with the group and following the rules. I think it is an indication of our culture becoming more narcissistic.”

While it’s no shocker that actors are self-absorbed, this is a trend that is being seen amongst mere civilian moms as well. Up until the 1900’s, about 5% of babies were given popular, simple names like John or Mary, while these days its only about 1%,  reports Live Science.

Does your child have a unique name?  Why did you choose it? For those looking for a suggestion, I say up the ego full-scale and just name your baby Mine.

Sources: http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/03/05/shiloh-effect-moms-who-pick-unusual-baby-names-narcissists/

 http://www.livescience.com/culture/baby-names-uncommon-100224.html

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