Are you happy or miserable? @ 12 May 2009 01:02 AM

The happiest people are likely to be named Judy or Joshua, and the most miserable are Lynn and Ben. At least, that's the word from psychologist Dr. David Holmes of Britain's Manchester Metropolitan University, who claims people's personalities change to fit the name their parents gave them. In addition to Judy and Joshua, the happiest people are named Stephanie, Linda, Pam, Pat, Matthew, Jason, Terry and Barry. The unhappiest women tend to be Charlotte, Tina, Amy or Tara, while the most dejected males are likely to go by the names of Andrew, Edward, Tim or Owen. Holmes insists that our names are similar to brand names in that people associate certain characteristics with them and compare them to famous people who have the same name. When that happens, an individual's personality can actually be shaped to fit his or her name and the assumptions others make about that name.

Source: Dr. David Holmes of Britain's Manchester Metropolitan University

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