Monday, April 4
Weird Baby Names A Sign Of Rising Narcissism?
Names like Apple, Bronx, and Pax have got us thinking. What’s up with the increasingly popular trend of giving your baby an unusual – sometimes down right batty – name? What does saddling your kid with a name like Pilot Inspektor or Jermajesty say about you? And what might it ultimately mean for them? My next guest has studied and written about this phenomenon extensively. She’s spent countless hours pouring over the social security administration’s names records from the past 130 plus years and she says the takeaway conclusion is that there is a connection between rising societal narcissism and unusual baby names. Jean Twenge, is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. She is also the author of "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" and "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before." We’re also joined by our regular Show and Tell contributor Steve Almond. We brought Steve in not just because he is a self-proclaimed narcissistic parent – but because he fancies himself something of an expert on unusual baby monikers – specifically those of “rock star spawn.” In his most recent book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life,” Steve tackles the subject of bizarre baby names and then actually goes one step further by cataloguing an expansive list of them by genre.
Check out the most popular names for a particular year of birth