Flip a Coin, Choose a Name

coin flipFlip a coin to choose a baby name?

Not quite.

But you can use a coin flip to perform a psychological experiment on yourself, and the result of that experiment could help you choose a baby name.

How does it work? Well, once you’re down to just a couple of baby names, grab a coin. Call one name heads, the other tails, and flip.

The outcome? Not important.

Your gut reaction to that outcome is what’s important.

Sigmund Freud explains…

Ask yourself: Am I pleased? Am I disappointed? That will help you to recognize how you really feel about the matter, deep down inside. With that as a basis, you’ll then be ready to make up your mind and come to the right decision.

You’re not using the coin flip to make a decision. Instead, you’re using it to clarify your feelings. And this new insight is what will help you come to a decision.

If you want to give this a try and don’t have a coin handy, use Random.org’s online Coin Flipper. (Stick to a coin you’re familiar with, so you can tell heads from tails right away.)

Source: Griffith, Joe. Speaker’s Library of Business Stories, Anecdotes, and Humor. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990.
Photo: imelenchon


One thought on “Flip a Coin, Choose a Name

  1. Just discovered this Piet Hein poem, “A Psychological Tip,” at the blog Futility Closet:

    Whenever you’re called on to make up your mind
    And you’re hampered by not having any,
    The best way to solve the dilemma, you’ll find,
    Is simply by flipping a penny.

    No, not so that chance shall decide the affair
    While you’re passively standing there moping;
    But the moment the penny is up in the air
    You suddenly know what you’re hoping.

    For more poems by Hein, see Grooks by Piet Hein.

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