One of the most bizarre demonstrations of the like-o-meter in action comes from the work of Brett Pelham,11 who has discovered that one’s like-o-meter is triggered by one’s own name. Whenever you see or hear a word that resembles your name, a little flash of pleasure biases you toward thinking the thing is good. So when a man named Dennis is considering a career, he ponders the possibilities: “Lawyer, doctor, banker, dentist . . . dentist . . . something about dentist just feels right.” And, in fact, people named Dennis or Denise are slightly more likely than people with other names to become dentists. Men named Lawrence and women named Laurie are more likely to become lawyers. Louis and Louise are more likely to move to Louisiana or St. Louis, and George and Georgina are more likely to move to Georgia. The own-name preference even shows up in marriage records: People are slightly more likely to marry people whose names sound like their own, even if the similarity is just sharing a first initial. When Pelham presented his findings to my academic department, I was shocked to realize that most of the married people in the room illustrated his claim: Jerry and Judy, Brian and Bethany, and the winners were me, Jon, and my wife, Jayne.
- God sends the best!
- Saving on Commentaries
- What is the devil like?
- Francis Chan on their church model in urban San Francisco
- Are homosexuals born that way?
- Women and ministry
- Francis Chan on Huckabee
- The Bible and Homosexuality
- The Devil Is Real
- The radical shift in sexual ethics
- ReThinking Outreach – Francis Chan
- How did we get in this mess?
- What is the unpardonable sin?
- The world’s most misquoted verse
- Whatever happened to right and wrong?
- The Nature of Our Enemy
- The Bible and gender
- Don’t waste your retirement
- Who is the devil and how does he work?
- Why I Believe
- What do you do when evil strikes you?
- A short history of Christian Hospitality
- Clarify the Mission
- Attitude is everything
- Missional Communities
- The most important thing we do
- Good groups eat together
- War is an ugly thing
- Does your group know each other’s stories?
- It’s not about you
- How your group can bless others
- Learning contentment
- Why I am pro-life
- Should Christians Hate? (I’ll bet the answer will surprise you!)
- The Joy of Adversity
- Missional Communities: Clarify the Mission
- An Anchor for the soul
- We are church — Francis Chan
- Missional Communities Eat Together
- What does a missional community do?
- Jesus changes everything
- Culture Shock
- What is a house church to do?
- What is a missional community?
- 6 Personal Benefits of a Small Group
- Rejoice always, really?
- Missional Communities Practice Hospitality
- Find your one thing
- A wretch like me
- The great illness of the church
- Theology matters
- Thinking soberly about death
- When the Enemy Strikes
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