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This time he takes on the American girl, upending the outdated view that adolescent girls are psychologically disadvantaged compared to boys. Kindlon's innovative research and the interviews that he conducted with hundreds of girls reveal that by and large American girls have actually begun to outstrip their male counterparts.

At the forefront of this trend are what Kindlon terms "alpha "girls." Unlimited by either gender oppression or feminism, these exceptional girls are as ...

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This time he takes on the American girl, upending the outdated view that adolescent girls are psychologically disadvantaged compared to boys. Kindlon's innovative research and the interviews that he conducted with hundreds of girls reveal that by and large American girls have actually begun to outstrip their male counterparts.

At the forefront of this trend are what Kindlon terms "alpha "girls." Unlimited by either gender oppression or feminism, these exceptional girls are as adept at finishing mathematical proofs and playing sports as they are at baking cookies. Far from the insecure teens portrayed in Mary Pipher's seminal book Reviving Ophelia. Kindlon's alphas are sure of themselves and what they want from their lives and are talented enough to achieve it. This books a must-read for parents, educators, mentors, and anyone who wants to learn about the new American girl and how she is already changing the world.

About the Author:
Dan Kindlon teaches child psychology at Harvard University

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In 1999, Dan Kindlon jump-started a national discussion with his provocative Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. With this subsequent breakthrough inquiry, Dr. Kindlon will inspire a comparable debate on American girls. His Alpha Girls, which is based on case studies and other research, asserts that a new breed of liberated teenage girls is growing up throughout our country. Directly contradicting the thesis of Reviving Ophelia and similar books, he argues that "alpha girls" are primed to take leadership positions in our changing society.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594862557
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN KINDLON, PHD, is a clinical and research psychologist specializing in the behavioral problems of children and adolescents. He teaches child psychology at Harvard; lectures widely to groups of parents, educators, and mental health professionals; and is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and three books including the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys (coauthored with Michael Thompson). He lives near Boston.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Daughters of the Revolution     3
Male Ways of Being     31
Separation and Connection     56
The Psychology of Emancipation     81
The Feminine Brain     113
The Descent of Men     148
Alphas at Work     177
Alphas in Love     213
Interview and Survey Methods     239
Projection Methodologies     245
References     251
Endnotes     253
Index     291
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