Theory Of Deadly Initials

The theory of Deadly Initials is a generally unsupported hypothesis that was first published by psychologists Nicholas Christenfeld, David Phillips and Laura Glynn in 1999. This hypothesis proposed the idea that men with a “negative” set of initials that appear to spell out words such as R.A.T. or D.I.E., will have a significantly shorter lifespan than someone with more positive set of initials like T.O.P. or V.I.P. and that this lifespan difference is based on the stress that comes from teasing and subsequent loss of feelings of self-worth. Later research has failed to find any correlational evidence to support this hypothesis.

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