Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, & Creative Lives

Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, & Creative Lives

by Frank J. Sulloway
     
 

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"An important and valuable study that will define research agendas for years to come. It is also hugely fun to read."
—Boston Globe

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families? What made Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin,

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"An important and valuable study that will define research agendas for years to come. It is also hugely fun to read."
—Boston Globe

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families? What made Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and Voltaire uniquely suited to challenge the conventional wisdom of their times? This pioneering inquiry into the significance of birth order answers both these questions with a conceptual boldness that has made critics compare it with the work of Freud and of Darwin himself.    

    

Frank J. Sulloway envisions families as ecosystems in which siblings compete for parental favor by occupying specialized niches.  Combing through thousands of biographies in politics, science, and religion, he demonstrates that firstborn children are more likely to identify with authority whereas their younger siblings are predisposed to rise against it. Family dynamics, Sulloway concludes, is a primary engine of historical change. Elegantly written, masterfully researched, Born to Rebel is a grand achievement that has galvanized historians and social scientists and will fascinate anyone who has ever pondered the enigma of human character.    

    

"Daring . . . a stunning achievement. "    

—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679758761
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/30/1997
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
730,744
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1Birth Order and Revolutionary Personality
1Openness to Scientific Innovation3
2Birth Order and Scientific Revolutions20
3Birth Order and Personality55
Pt. 2All in the Family
4Family Niches83
5Developmental Glitches119
6Gender148
7Temperament172
8Exceptions to the Rule195
Pt. 3Social and Political Thought
9Social Attitudes217
10The Darwinian Revolution as Social History236
11The Protestant Reformation255
12Political Trends284
13The French Revolution306
Pt. 4Synthesis
14Social and Intellectual Context329
15Conclusion352
Appendix 1A Brief Introduction to Statistics (or Correlations Made Easy)371
Appendix 2Coding Procedures for Variables in the Study376
Appendix 3Criteria for Selection of Participants in Scientific Controversies383
Appendix 4Expert Raters and Other Collaborators386
Appendix 5Techniques for Estimating Missing Data389
Appendix 6Data and Expert Ratings on Social Attitudes394
Appendix 7Modeling the Protestant Reformation398
Appendix 8Modeling the French Revolution403
Appendix 9Miscellaneous Technical Discussions414
Appendix 10Suggestions for Future Research430
Appendix 11How to Test Your Own Propensity to Rebel440
List of Illustrations445
List of Figures449
List of Tables451
Acknowledgments452
Notes457
Bibliography541
Index617

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