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" A must-have for anyone looking to understand the upcoming generation's driven, confident, and successful females."—Publishers Weekly

There's a new type of teenage girl growing up in America today and she is going to have a profound and beneficial influence on society. That's the conclusion of Dr. Dan Kindlon, widely respected child and adolescent psychologist.

In Alpha Girls, the best-selling coauthor of Raising Cain, which is hailed for its insights into the psyche of boys, breaks new ground with his startling picture of today's American girl—independent, self-confident, highly motivated . . . and fundamentally different from previous generations.

Part of the first generation that is reaping the full benefits of the women's movement, today's American girl is maturing with a new sense of possibility and psychological emancipation. Backing his findings with painstaking research, including questionnaires, profiles, and detailed case studies, Dr. Kindlon offers an in-depth portrait of the alpha girl, a born leader who is ready to explode into adulthood and make her mark on the world and, by her example, serve as an inspiration for women everywhere.

"A very insightful and groundbreaking work, blowing modern conceptions of girls out of the water."Bellaonline.com

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594867323
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.85 (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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