How do you open a new class, workshop or mentor circle? Speak people’s name with care, and research affirms you will spark their brain’s sense of worth, and add value to their day. How does it happen?
Your name links to intrapersonal intelligence, which also warehouses personal traits such as common sense. Think of it as an embedded icon central to your brain’s vital symbols. Names become tools to build meaning, care and confidence with every thoughtful action connecting them to a person’s value. It’s also true that your own name offers you vital possibilities. How so?
Your handle’s a brand of sorts – the essence of you – a lynchpin that defines you. So it’s no surprise that the brain associates certain unique traits with your name.
Does your J-Doe sparkle with colors you’d like others to see in you?
Use names to value others
Personal reflections you leave at a blog site, and questions you pose to people – pack a punch when comments link to names.
You may come to issues with a particular view – yet you unleash new intrapersonal intelligence when you use names well.
It’s not easy to remember names, since brains are more equipped to forget a name than to remember one. How so?
Why working memory ejects names
New names enter your working memory which is designed to hold very few facts at a time. Names tossed around in conversation, for instance, soon spill out to make room in the working memory for new information spoken.
Simply stated, new handles heard, quickly get displaced with conversation that follows. It’s the brain’s way of freeing itself to hold key facts you are focusing on at any moment.
Names worth valuing
To hear your name spoken respectfully, is to spike wellbeing in the area of the brain that operates personal self-awareness. Researchers applied PET scans to look at activity in the brain whenever people hear their first name spoken. They observed a strong cerebral flow change in the brain’s right superior temporal sulcus. An even stronger change of flow was observed in the medial prefrontal cortex. This change to show a stronger flow suggests that this region plays a big role in a person’s processing of “self.”
Develop brain capacity to cherish names
Dr. Robyn McMaster, late senior VP here at the MITA Center was also given a iconic Chinese name. Know what Robyn’s new name means? Mine, the top name pictured here – means unusual or unique intelligence – Robyn’s name, pictured below, means first song, birds and flowers of spring.
What does your name mean?
Anybody you might name at work, as you listen to hear your own name spoken back in a few favorable ways?
Looking for ways to value names in classes you teach or groups you mentor? If so you will find student-ready, (no prep needed) tags and tasks to energize your new term at my TpT site.
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