initial nominative determinism?

Affection for our own names and initials can lead us to failureOur tendency to like our own names and initials – sometimes referred to as a form of implicit egotism – can have relatively trivial consequences, such that Britney will be more likely to move to Brighton than Sheffield, and Jack more likely to buy a Jaguar than a Ferrari. But now, in a series of intriguing studies, Leif Nelson and Joseph Simmons have shown how, from baseball performance to Law School, our affection for our own names can have bizarrely detrimental consequences.

…students with the initials C or D achieved significantly lower grades than students whose initials were unrelated to grade scores, and students with the initials A or B.

http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2008/01/affection-for-our-own-names-and.html

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