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When did you first notice the name-syndrome and how?
How do you like to be called by your name yourself?
Do you say nicknames instead of the name?
Does it affect everyone around you or is the problem limited to certain people?
How does it feel if you try to call someone by their name?
Have you ever talked about this to anyone?
Have you met others that have the same problem?
Have you been looking for / found literature about it?
Can you adress your partner by name?
If not, what do you think would change or be better if you could say your partner`s name?
If you would compare it with bodily experience, how would you describe the feeling of trying to say someone’s name?
Do you try to hide that you don´t say the name, if so, how? Do you have strategies?
Has anybody ever confronted you and asked, why you never say their name? If so, what happened and how did it feel?
How does the inhibition affect your relationships?
If you communicate in writing with the people you cannot address by name (e-mail, SMS, Whatsapp...) - do you use the name in the written form?
If so, what makes writing easier?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much does it bother you, that you have difficulties adressing others by their names?
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very much
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On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you think it affects other people, that you don´t call them by their name?
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very much
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Is it difficult for you to say "no" or have conflicts with others / your own opinion?
How was your upbringing regarding your ability to say "no" or have conflicts / your own opinion?
How would you describe conflicts are/were handled in your family?
From your perspective -  were there any addictions in your family (parents, close relatives), like alcohol or other?
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If you said "yes" to the question about addictions in the familiy, do you want to tell more about it?
From your perspective - were there any mental health problems in your familiy (parents, close relatives), like depression or other?
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If you said "yes" to the question about mental health problems in your family, do you want to tell us more about it?
Do you have any siblings?
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If you have any siblings, could you tell us more about it (younger, older, sisters, brothers...). How would you describe your relationship?
If not already stated, what is/was your personal explanation for not being able to call someone by their name?
What situation do you remember when the inhibition was especially significant? What were your thoughts and your feelings in that situation?
Have you ever managed to say a person's name even if normally you can't say their name? What happened? What was different?
How do you feel about talking about your feelings?
Can you express your affection for other people (partner or others)?
Is there something else you would like to add?
Are you interested in reading my article?
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If you are interested: to what E-Mail Adress should I send the article?
Are you interested in paricipating to further research? A team of therapists and researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria and the Sigmund Freud University, also in Vienna, is currently doing a research programme on the topic. Participation would include filling out a few more questionnaires and a telephone/skype/zoom interview in which we would like to talk to you about your experiences with saying names. Of course as with any form of research, if you agreed to participate now you can still decide to stop being part of the study at any time without giving a reason. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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