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

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

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by Jeffrey Kluger
     
 

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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.

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

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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.

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 is equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based heavily on new and emerging research, The Sibling Effect examines birth order, twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on-and effects from-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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Kirkus Reviews

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.

From the Publisher
"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594488313
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 6.22(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Mary Pipher
“In The Sibling Effect, Jeffrey Kluger integrates the latest research and brings his own fresh thinking to an ancient topic: sibling relationships. He weaves his own sibling experiences into his rich, insightful text. Like all good storytellers, Kluger's stories are sad/happy and heartbreaking/glorious. The Sibling Effect is for anyone who has ever wondered, ‘Why can't I get along with my siblings?’ or ‘Why are we so different?’ or ‘How did my relationships with my siblings shape my personality?’ I suspect that is most of us." --(Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia)
Carl Zimmer
"In The Sibling Effect, Jeffry Kluger offers a thought-provoking exploration of the psychology of brothers and sisters, melded with a lovely reflection on his own family life. We all wonder in what ways our families have shaped us; Kluger lets us wonder far more deeply." --(Carl Zimmer, author of Soul Made Flesh and A Planet of Viruses.)
From the Publisher

"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. What I didn't expect was what I'd learn about myself. In our culture we spend so much time examining the ways our parents influence us that we miss a force that's at least as significant. While immersed in The Sibling Effect, I went back in time, reexamined my own life, this time looking through a new lens. It was a revelation."
-David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through  His Son's Addiction

"Jeffrey Kluger integrates the latest research and brings his own fresh thinking to an ancient topic: sibling relationships. He weaves his own sibling experiences into his rich, insightful text. As with all good storytellers, Kluger's stories are sad/happy and heartbreaking/glorious. The Sibling Effect is for anyone who has ever wondered, 'Why can't I get along with my siblings?' or 'Why are we so different?' or 'How did my relationships with my siblings shape my personality?' I suspect that is most of us."
-Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia

David Sheff
“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. What I didn’t expect was what I’d learn about myself. In our culture we spend so much time examining the ways our parents influence us that we miss a force that’s at least as significant. While immersed in The Sibling Effect I went back in time, re-examined my own life, this time looking through a new lens. It was a revelation.” --( David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction)

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