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I suspect that I’m like many readers in that I’ve increasingly lost interest in people and, therefore, learning peoples’ names. Richard Harris of Kansas State University has researched the topic:
Most of us have experienced it. You are introduced to someone, only to forget his or her name within seconds. You rack your brain trying to remember, but can’t seem to even come up with the first letter. Then you get frustrated and think, “Why is it so hard for me to remember names?”
You may think it’s just how you were born, but that’s not the case, according to Kansas State University’s Richard Harris, professor of psychology. He says it’s not necessarily your brain’s ability that determines how well you can remember names, but rather your level of interest.
“Some people, perhaps those who are more socially aware, are just more interested in people, more interested in relationships,” Harris said. “They would be more motivated to remember somebody’s name.”
It might be interesting for those of us who’ve read Roissy and Roosh and been introduced to human social dynamics and reacquainted with human nature to consider if our ability to remember peoples’ names has declined as a function of our familiarity with “Game” (the entire porfolio of Game, not just the sexual side). A decade or even five years ago I was really good at remembering names. I often knew new co-worker’s or classmates’ names before they knew mine. But I cared a lot more about interacting with people and being on peoples’ good sides. But now, I go months without learning some co-workers’ names. There are a couple that I interact with regularly who I constantly have to call out to with either a “man” or a “hey” because I just can’t nail down their name. Initially I chalked my increasingly poor name recall up to age, but that doesn’t seem to be a good explanation. I have much better reading comprehension and movie/book plot recall than I did a decade ago.
So there will be a natural decrease in the level of interest individuals’ pay to learning peoples’ names. In college or when we don’t have many priorities to attend to, we might be better with names. So there is a natural drop-off that comes in correlation with age and business, but then there is the drop-off that comes with digestion of the red pill. We maybe care less because of our life circumstances, but we also care less because we felt that we previously cared too much. Changing that is partially what “Game” is about.