Speak people’s names when in their presence, and research confirms you also spark their brain’s sense of worth, and add value to their day. How does it happen?
Your name links to intrapersonal intelligence. Think of it as an embedded icon within your brain’s symbols. See it grow meaning and confidence with every thoughtful action you take.
Your handle’s a brand of sorts – one that defines you. It turns out that the brain associates certain unique traits with your name.
Does your J-Doe sparkle with colors you’d like others to see associated with 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
I found that research particularly interesting since I’ve just been given a new name by Chinese leaders I taught for six weeks on the Yangtze. Know what my Chinese name means?
Dr. Robyn McMaster, senior VP here at the MITA Center was also given a cool 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?
Smart skill 21 = Expect Outrageous Agility with Age
Smart skill 22 = Expect Neuron Pathways to Dynamic Solutions
Smart skill 23 = Expect Peace in Brain Based Bits
Smart skill 24 = Expect to Bypass Bullies Where you Work
Smart skill 25 = Expect Vision to Fuse Racial Differences
Smart skill 26 = Expect Calm Under Pressure
Smart skill 27 = Expect Brain Benefits from Humor
Smart skill 28 = Expect Active Participation by Facilitating
Smart skill 29 = Expect Added Value with Name Calling
Smart skill 30 = Expect More Memory by Outsourcing Key Facts