Psychologist Jean M. Twenge, co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic, believes there is a connection between unique baby names and narcissism. In a USA Today article published several months ago, she’s quoted as saying:
We know the desire for uniqueness [in baby names] is going up, and we know narcissism is going up. That doesn’t mean we can say it’s definitely a cause, but the two are clearly related.
I haven’t read Twenge’s book, so I’m curious to know how she and her co-author managed to quantify something like “narcissism.”
Regardless, I’m intrigued about the possible correlation between conceitedness and uncommon baby names. More than intrigued, actually — excited. Seems like a very logical relationship to me.