The sweetest word a person can hear from another, is their own name.
February 26, 2007 11:00pm CST
I took a physchology class that said that the sweetest word to hear is ones own name. And I guess it is kind of true. If you walk into the store and they say "hello (your name here)" doesnt it make you feel a little more important? In our class we had to state our names everyday for the first few weeks, so everyone could use our names when addressing us. I never realized how long my b/f had went without saying my name, he calls me honey, sweetheart, or babe. I jokingly told him that I think he forgot my name..lol. Does it feel more personal to you to have someone use your name?
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Feb 07
When I first started reading your post I thought about my father who passed away a year ago today. I could hear his voice saying "Patricia". How I would love to hear that voice say that again. One of the employees at the pharmacy calls me by name, and yes I love it. Unfortunately I don't call her by name because I can never remember it. She wears a name tag, it's only 3 letters, and I don't exactly know how to pronounce it. LOL! My husband rarely calls me by name. He always calls me "Dear". When I hear him call "Pat" then I know he is serious about something. LOL! I think I will try calling people by name more often. Except there are two women in my writing group whose names I always get mixed up.... one of the reasons why I don't call them by name. Ha ha ha! We all joke about it though.
27 Feb 07
I've often wondered about this very thing. I'm pleased when people use my name when I shop. I always try to remember peoples names and use them. I find it extremely irritating when I introduce myself on the phone or at a service counter then the person I'm speaking to says "What was your name again?". When training staff I tell them that remembering a person's name is one of the most important things they can do. If someone gives you their name it's a discourtesy to forget it. And what's with blokes??? Yes, boyfriends to be exact? None of mine used my name except the last one because I drew his attention to the fact that he avoided using my name. When he said it he made it sound awful and he was obviously uncomfortable with it. I get sick of Darl, Babe and gorge (short for gorgeous) In future, I will be sure to say "This is my name...please use it".