The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us

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Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters—not parents, not children, not friends. From the time we—and they—are born, our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life.

In this groundbreaking book, renowned science writer Jeffrey Kluger ...

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Overview

Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters—not parents, not children, not friends. From the time we—and they—are born, our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life.

In this groundbreaking book, renowned science writer Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in a way that's equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based heavily on new and emerging research, The Sibling Effect examines birth order, ongoing twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, how emotional disorders can affect—and be affected by—sibling relationships, and much more.

With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes big ideas about siblings and turns them into smart, accessible writing that will help anyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

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"This book had a profound impact on me that I never could have anticipated. . . . It's a compelling and beautifully written story, interwoven with fascinating, cutting-edge research." —-David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy
Library Journal
In a July 6, 2006, story, "The New Science of Siblings," Time senior writer Kluger noted that while scientists trying to figure out what really shapes us have hit successively on parents, genes, and peers, they felt that they were missing something. And "more and more, scientists are concluding that this unexplained force is our siblings." Here he expands on his research to show what our longest-lasting relationship means to us. Since we're always digging for personal insights, I'm betting this book will be very popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594486111
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 225,960
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine and the coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13.

Pete Larkin, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has worked in virtually all media. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993, served as host of WNEW-FM's highly rated "Saturday Morning Sixties" program, and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

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Table of Contents

1 Band of Brothers-and Sisters 1

2 Stocking the Team: Siblings in a Growing Family 14

3 The Outbreak of Hostilities: Why Siblings Fight and What to Do About It 35

4 Who's on First? The Mysteries of Birth Order 57

5 The Golden Child: Favoritism and Its Consequences 83

6 Breaking Up: Brothers, Sisters, and Divorce 105

7 Patching Up: The Blended Family 126

8 Misguided Guidance: Drugs, Pregnancy, and Other Risky Behaviors 149

9 Running the Asylum: When Siblings Raise Siblings 168

10 If You Show Me Yours … Sibs, Sex, and Gender 193

11 Paired and Pared: The Curious Worlds of Twins and Singletons 223

12 And On and On … Siblings Through the Years 257

Epilogue 281

Afterword 291

Acknowledgments 301

Index 305

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    I was very disappointed in this book. It seemed more like an ex

    I was very disappointed in this book. It seemed more like an extended magazine article, without any real depth or insight. If you've done any reading on the subject, you've probably already read most of what's in this book. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Splendid! Highly recommended!

    Extremely well written with much insight into sibling relationships. Fact filled along with many personal stories, some of which are rather entertaining as well. Allows the reader to think deeply about one's own siblings, and also those of one's children, grandchildren, etc., possibly helping you to modify such relationships for the better in the future...

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