Who you marry could be influenced by your name - here's why

Rachel Gillett
Tuesday 04 October 2016 15:00
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Do opposites really attract?

Probably not.

There's an idea among personality and social psychologists that people gravitate toward people, places, and things that resemble the self. This tendency is commonly referred to as "implicit egotism."

As Melissa Burkley, a professor of social psychology at Oklahoma State University, points out in Psychology Today, we tend to be attracted to people who share our values, level of education, past experiences, and goals for the future.

And, according to research from West Point and Columbia University, another trait we find attractive in others is how similar their names are to ours. This similarity activates people's positive, automatic associations about themselves, the researchers write.

"A wedding for Jesse Jefferson and Jennifer Jeffries may be just around the corner," the authors write.

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