Will we curse our baby to a lifetime of narcissism?
Celebrities aren’t the only ones giving their babies unusual names. Compared with decades ago, parents are choosing less common names for kids, which could suggest an emphasis on uniqueness and individualism, according to new research.
The researchers suspect the uptick of unusual baby names could be a sign of a change in culture from one that applauded fitting in to today’s emphasis on being unique and standing out. When taken too far, however, this individualism could also lead to narcissism, according to study researcher Jean Twenge, of San Diego State University.
“The most compelling explanation left is this idea that parents are much more focused on their children standing out,” Twenge said. “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.”
What about parents who name their kids after themselves? Would this be more or less narcissistic than picking an “unusual” baby name? (We have no desire to name our baby after ourselves. Zero.)
Regardless, we feel a little pressure to get the name right. You don’t want to pick something that’s going to make junior high miserable for your kid. On the other hand, we have no say over the last name, and young Vore will learn soon enough all the words that rhyme with that.