Uniqueness pp 129-143 | Cite as

Names as Uniqueness Attributes

  • C. R. Snyder
  • Howard L. Fromkin
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


A second uniqueness attribute to be considered in this section is one’s name, which may be the “most important anchorage of our self identity” (Allport, 1961, p. 117). The special psychological significance of a person’s name is revealed by the dismay and anger that are frequently evoked when someone forgets, misspells, or mispronounces it. The reader can perform a very reliable “field” experiment to check out this phenomenon. When introduced to a new person, just mispronounce the person’s name. Typically, and with some impatience, the person will correct you. If you mispronounce the name a second time, the person will become even more annoyed. (It is usually best to stop this experiment at this point!)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Snyder
    • 1
  • Howard L. Fromkin
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.York UniversityDownsviewCanada

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