Richard as 'Rick' or 'Dick': One Charming, the Other Cantankerous

May 1, 2011
What people choose to call themselves yields additional clues to their personalities, says Kerrie Hopkins, a corporate consultant and expert on onomatology—the science of deducing personality or character based on names.
For example, if I go by “Jennifer”—which I do—Hopkins says that I project confidence and self-assuredness and would be good with potential clients. Women who go by “Jen,” on the other hand, are bossy, demanding and selfish, according to Hopkins.
Men named “Richard” are great at negotiating and tend to succeed in business, Hopkins says. They thrive on the process but can be intimidating. If Richard chooses to be called “Rick,” he tends to be charming, dapper and flirtatious; these men are good at sales careers.
On the other hand, if Richard chooses to be called “Rich,” that's a sign that he's easygoing and well-liked but not aggressive. If Richard chooses to be called “Dick,” he's cruel, cantankerous, temperamental and needs to be told what to do, Hopkins says.
Lakisha will be witty, friendly, stubborn, creative and in need of admiration, so if she's an employee you need to constantly tell her you appreciate her work and she's doing a good job—and she will not be shy about asking for a raise.
Jamal will be good-looking and a “ ‘smooth talker.' Hopefully you put him in sales,” Hopkins says. He's friendly, confident and out to prove his worth. He puts his career first and expects to be compensated for any contribution he makes in his job.
Hopkins has even analyzed the name of new British princess Catherine Middleton. The name is consistent, stable and aristocratic, but her desire to be called “Kate” indicates that she enjoys being the center of attention and wants things done her way.
“She will be miserable as a princess,” Hopkins says.
Avoid candidates named “Darryl,” “Fred,” “Roger,” “Raj,” “Ralph” and “Eric,” she says. They're not team players, although Raj will get the job done if that's what you really want.
Seek out men named “Steve,” “Joe” and “Dave,” and women named “Heather,” “Eileen,” “Barbara” and “Susan.” Women named “Gina” are very independent but tend to have a chip on their shoulders, Hopkins says.
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