Birth Order: What Your Position in the Family Really Tells You About Your Character

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Revealing insight into the effects of one's position in family order on both self and relationships

On the basis of more than 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how one's birth order position, the spacing between siblings, and the sex of siblings impact one's childhood, adult life, and relationships. Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, this unique book will not only ...

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Overview

Revealing insight into the effects of one's position in family order on both self and relationships

On the basis of more than 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how one's birth order position, the spacing between siblings, and the sex of siblings impact one's childhood, adult life, and relationships. Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, this unique book will not only help readers understand themselves and their family, but will shed light on the dynamics of their other relationships, explain why they 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 the reader; the effect of large or small age gaps between siblings; family size; the sex of siblings; parental attitudes to each child; the effects of being an only child or being a twin; the impact of stepsiblings; and much more.

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“This will be a popular addition to pop-psychology collections.”  —Library Journal
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749940140
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 539,720
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Blair is a cognitive therapist who writes for such publications as the Guardian, and Junior and Psychologies magazines. She is the author of The Happy Child and Straight Talking.
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