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You may have heard your name called in a conversation
There are many possible reasons why you might hear your own name being called. Most times this is not someone trying to get through to you directly, but instead it’s about something that happened earlier in the day.
If you listen carefully you can usually pick up on what other people are talking about before they start calling names or yelling out numbers.
They call your name to bring attention to what you just said so others will pay more attention to what you are saying. (This also works well when you are making another statement and need additional emphasis.)
By using your name rather than your nickname, people know how close you were to having your real name published at that spot. This can create tension between yourself and the person who called your name.
You’re probably better off ignoring them. It only takes one wrong answer to leak information that could make you feel uncomfortable later.
You may also hear your name when you are alone in a room
There is another strange thing that can happen to you after death, namely ‘out-of-body experience’ (OBE). OBE essentially means hearing voices from outside of yourself.
Sometimes these are called inner conversations or imagined conversations. Other times they are accompanied by visions or perceived communications coming from what Albert Einstein referred to as the “unconscious”.
Other people have similar experiences, but most refer to just their own experiences. What distinguishes multiple occurrences of inner speech is that more than one person sometimes hears the same voice at the same time. And the timing is important for it to be considered not only two people talking inside their head, but two events happening at the same time.
Event A happens first, followed by Event B. More often than not, Event A occurs before Event B, meaning that someone/something heard Event A before Event B occurred.
Your name may be called when you are having a conversation on your phone
Even if no one is calling you, there’s a good chance that you’re giving someone else permission to speak with you. You can do this by talking into the phone while it’s still in your hand. This includes when you’re receiving a call, texting someone, or answering an email.
If you’re expecting anyone to contact you about something, then they might not know because you don’t answer your phone often enough; speaking for awhile could make them feel that much better.
It also depends how loud you get when you hear a caller entering your name. If you get quiet, alert, and friendly, then they might assume that you didn’t hear them calling your name. But maybe you just weren’t paying attention.
Maybe it’s hard to listen to people who are on a telephone trying to talk to you at the same time. People tend to get louder when they share the space of the room with other listeners.
You may hear your name when you are taking a test
It is common to hear your own voice calling out from a distance, or hearing other people’s voices instead. This happens because of “efferent sensorineural deafness.”
When you take a standard hearing test, there are no external sounds to mask your name. Since your brain knows what sound your name makes, it can call out to you with more accuracy than normal.This is why you sometimes have trouble paying attention in class, feeling like someone is calling your name.
If this keeps you awake at night, don’t worry—you’re not crazy!
Deaf or hard of hearing people do not experience this phenomenon, but they still can often times hear their names quite clearly. The secret seems to be in recognizing the unique characteristics of your name.
Say two words that start with the same letter: name and nickname. Most people say something like hand game or ball game.
There are also short, quick answers such as ice cream store or hospital for children.
Another option is saying one word that starts with the same letter as your name. For instance, if your name begins with an F, then you could say fanny, fanney, or francis.
Some people prefer to use fingers instead of words to describe their names. Finger descriptions include finger shape (pointed, curved, small) and tip type (smaller, larger).
You may hear your name in a video game
Something that has been happening more often is hearing voices. This happened before bed because people were drinking alcohol or using marijuana, so the person was unable to sleep.
Now they are able to get back to sleep after the drink or joint is over. They will usually wake up again later and find that it was just a dream.
However, if you have severe insomnia, there are medications such as melatonin that can help. Also, some mental health professionals use cognitive behavior therapy to treat hyperarousal symptoms related to insomnia.
More commonly, though, things like listening to podcasts start to interfere with someone’s ability to fall asleep quickly without trouble. Some individuals might feel their own body does not want to sleep, and this causes them to be awake.
Some people do not experience this problem directly; they instead perceive other sounds around them as noise. Listening to audio books at night time can prevent this from happening.
You may hear your name when you are doing yoga
There is a reason that people call our names- or at least there’s a reason we think of it. It can be because someone goes by the same name, like “Jenny” or because another person with the same name gets recognized easily, such as “Bill” from the movie store.
Our brains are very interesting and intuitive; they seem to run in default mode where everyone else has access. We assume that if nobody is calling me my name must be false, even though it is obviously correct!
It is not just ourselves that have this issue, but others too. A friend was convinced her girlfriend was cheating on her, so she asked his girl what she called herself one day. She told him that she had changed both their names to help them feel more secure.
He replied that she should try changing back the other way next time she cheats on him.
Another example is when someone lies. They usually tell up front what is true and what is false, but with each lie they tell, they lose their truth identity completely.
Eventually, they don’t know which name to use anymore, plus all the rest they said was a lie.
However, before you conclude that someone is lying, keep in mind that it could be an illusion, or possibly something related to personality. For example, maybe that guy really is a weirdo.
You may hear your name when you are getting a tattoo applied
Many people wonder why they feel like they are being called out or told to come back when there is no one else here. It happens especially at bars and restaurants where people can be talking about you behind their backs.
Most of the time, someone trying to call you out is doing it because they feel threatened by you in some way. How do they show themselves that they aren’t scared anymore? By calling your names as you leave.
Or maybe they want to make fun of you for something you said or did, and calling your names allows them to do that without actually facing you directly.
Whatever the reason, everyone just needs to get along and keep each other safe. If things start getting ugly, walk away or call for help.
You may hear your name when you are having your ear pierced
During your piercing, the person who does the piercing may call your name. They might also say that they can’t find your record. If this happens, make sure your records get to the doctor soonish.
There have been cases where people called my name in the ER from someone trying to break into their home while getting a needle inserted into their arm for a flu shot. These patients were discharged with an “official” diagnosis of “no pain.”
I was not able to locate my patient file after he left the hospital, and we had to wait several weeks for test results because his chart was lost.
You may hear your name when you are getting married
Perhaps it is because of the way that names were assigned in the hospital, but there’s a good chance that your first name was chosen to match the surname of your parents.
In order for the surname (last name) to be matched with the first name, they need to be different enough so that they can be distinguished from each other.
The matching surname rule doesn’t apply if the mother gave her baby a nickname. Also, some hospitals assign names based on what part of the body the person was named after; this system mostly applies to boys.