Birth Order: What your position in the family really tells you about your character

Birth Order: What your position in the family really tells you about your character

by Linda Blair
     
 

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On the basis of over 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how your birth order position, as well as the spacing between you and your siblings and the sex of your siblings, impact your childhood, your adult life and your relationships.

Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will

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On the basis of over 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how your birth order position, as well as the spacing between you and your siblings and the sex of your siblings, impact your childhood, your adult life and your relationships.

Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will inform and intrigue. By reading this unique book you will quickly understand yourself, your family and your partner better. It will also shed light on the dynamics of your other relationships, explain why you may repeat patterns within relationships, and suggest helpful strategies for dealing with other people. Chapters cover birth order and what being the eldest, middle, or youngest child reveals about you, the effect of large or small age gaps between you and your siblings, family size, the sex of your siblings, parental attitudes to each child, being an only child, being a twin, the impact of step-siblings, and much more.

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“This will be a popular addition to pop-psychology collections.”  —Library Journal
Library Journal
Birth order theories have been around for eons, explaining everything from cognitive development to one's ability to share. Oldest children are high achievers, middle children are black sheep, and youngest children are spoiled and indulged. While most psychologists attribute little scientific validity to these beliefs, they remain a popular topic, like horoscopes and personality tests. Psychologist Blair (The Happy Child; Straight Talking) stirs the pot by combining birth order traits with other mitigating factors in the "minefield of potential influences on character," to explain parental styles and family dynamics. Blair explains that knowing a person's birth order can tell a lot about their behavior and feelings and also help with choices for careers and partners. VERDICT Case studies combined with rosters of famous people and their birth orders add a "Cosmo quiz" fun factor; the title has received some media play on ABC. Whether you view birth order as a vector or mere hocus-pocus, this will be a popular addition to pop-psychology collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749940140
Publisher:
Piatkus Books
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
751,313
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Linda Blair is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chartered Scientist, and a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health Professions Council in the UK. She's also an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. She writes a weekly column, 'On the Couch' for the Daily Mail and a monthly column for Junior magazine, and has written regular columns for the Guardian, The Times, and Psychologies magazine. She broadcasts frequently on radio, has appeared in a number of television programmes, and has contributed to the NHS website. She's also a Trustee for the charity Kidscape, the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. She is the author of three books, Straight Talking (2008), The Happy Child (2009) and Birth Order (2011), all published by Piatkus.

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