None of us had much of a nickname though my siblings tend to call me Jude. I would never dream of introducing myself as Jude, but when I talk to myself (!), I find that I call myself Jude!

Judy

None of us had much of a nick­name though my sib­lings tend to call me Jude. I would never dream of intro­duc­ing myself as Jude, but when I talk to myself (!), I find that I call myself Jude!

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  • Did you have any nick­names grow­ing up?
    In Women, Their Names, and the Sto­ries They tell, women describe nick­names as “inti­mate,” “lov­ing,” “com­fort­able,” “an endear­ment.” The sound of the nick­name evokes all these sooth­ing emo­tions, even when strangers use it. Nick­names con­stantly rekin­dle our child­hood feel­ings of love and secu­rity. There are psy­cho­log­i­cal advan­tages to going through life with a name that evokes these sub­lim­i­nal feel­ings of being totally loved and cared for. Judy increases her abil­ity to access these emo­tions by using her nick­name to address her­self. Nick­names can be a sus­tain­ing oasis that allows us to tap into our hap­pi­est, care­free memories.

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