The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds among Brothers and Sisters Reveal about Us

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A senior writer at Time magazine explores what scientists and researchers are discovering about sibling bonds, the longest-lasting relationships we have in our lives.

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A senior writer at Time magazine explores what scientists and researchers are discovering about sibling bonds, the longest-lasting relationships we have in our lives.

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In some ways, our siblings are our only true partners for life. We grow up together; teach each other how to interact, fight, and resolve problems. They are role models, co-conspirators, competitors, monitors of our own behavior, and listening boards. Most of us are so close to our brothers and sisters that we never really contemplate the depth and breadth of our relationships. Fortunately, scientists have been watching us closely. In The Sibling Effect, Time senior writer Jeffrey Kluger lifts the curtain on what researchers have recently learned about the deep bonds between childhood playmates.

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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
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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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An in-depth exploration of the bonds between siblings and their surprisingly large influence on how we develop.

Time senior editor Kluger (Freedom Stone, 2011, etc.) has experienced myriad familial and sibling relationships in his life: son, brother, stepbrother, half brother and stepson, to name just a few. Using these often humorous, but sometimes dark, experiences as a handy framework, he first explains why human siblings are unique in the animal kingdom and why, in many cases, bonds between brothers and sisters are among the most important in their lives. Masterfully weaving anecdotal passages with academic research and scientific data, the author thoroughly examines the many manifestations of the simple brother-brother, sister-sister or brother-sister relationship, and the dynamic within each. Kluger devotes chapters to such major topics as the importance of birth order in a growing family, parental divorce and blended families (which become more prevalent each day), and what happens when a parent clearly favors a particular child. The author also touches on why siblings fight, how their risky behaviors may influence one another (hint: it's not always negatively), sex and gender and sibling relationships in old age. Kluger doesn't neglect the "curious worlds of twins and singletons"; they get a chapter all to themselves.

An entertaining, enlightening and helpful handbook for familial relations from an author who's been through them all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452603636
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer for "Time" magazine. With astronaut Jim Lovell, he wrote "Apollo 13", on which the 1995 movie was based. His other books include the critically acclaimed "Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio". Kluger lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

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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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