The Birth Order Effect: How to Better Understand Yourself and Others

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A revolutionary new system for understanding birth order-featuring a remarkable new birth order quiz!
Whether we're the first born, last born, or somewhere in the middle, our birth order-and how we view our place in the family-can tell us much about who we are and how we interact with those around us. In The Birth Order Effect, Cliff Isaacson shows us how to find our true place in the family structure, and how to use this important information ...
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Overview

A revolutionary new system for understanding birth order-featuring a remarkable new birth order quiz!
Whether we're the first born, last born, or somewhere in the middle, our birth order-and how we view our place in the family-can tell us much about who we are and how we interact with those around us. In The Birth Order Effect, Cliff Isaacson shows us how to find our true place in the family structure, and how to use this important information in creating better relationships with those around us.
Starting with a fun and easy self-quiz, this revolutionary book tells you how to figure out which of the five birth types you are, and then shows you how to use birth order and family information to help you handle a variety of issues, ranging from compulsive organizing to repeated failed relationships. In no time, you will use the quiz not only for yourself, but also to fully understand and interact better with your family, friends, significant other, and even your business colleagues.
The Birth Order Effect represents a new and revolutionary way of thinking about birth order. More important, this book enables you to go beyond theory and put into practice what you learn.
Special features:
Profiles of five comprehensive birth categories
A simple test that pinpoints true birth order personality
A look at factors that influence true birth order, such as divorce, adoption, blended families, and large age gaps between siblings
The Birth Order Effect, the most up-to-date book on this very popular subject, will have you immediately using the results to gain a better understanding of yourself and others.
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Drawing on his experiences as a minister, counselor, and parent, Isaacson has devised a theory for understanding oneself and others called the Birth Order Effect. The theory hinges on five personality types, or Birth Order Personalities, that the author makes clear are different from Alfred Adler's four categories. While there is often a correlation between chronological birth date and Birth Order Personality, that is not always the case. For instance, first-born children may exhibit characteristics of Isaacson's Birth Order Personality First Born, but they may also show signs of Birth Order Personality Only Children. Early chapters present several quizzes so that readers can identify their personality type. The author then describes each type and explains how it applies to parenting, marriage, and work skills. The book is written in the approachable, conversational tone of a popular magazine article. Unfortunately, Isaacson omits a bibliography and any evidence of research methodology to support his theory. Confusion may also result from his use of the term birth order personality and studies that Isaacson has previously read about chronological birth order. Not recommended. Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580625517
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Author's Thanks
Introduction
Chapter One: The Birth of Birth Order
Chapter Two: I'm a What?
Chapter Three: The Birth Order Matrix
Chapter Four: Here's a Can Opener
Chapter Five: The Only Child
Chapter Six: The First Born
Chapter Seven: The Second Born
Chapter Eight: The Third Born
Chapter Nine: The Fourth Born
Chapter Ten: Secondary Characteristics
Chapter Eleven: T-Shirts for Everyone
Chapter Twelve: Birth Order and Marriage
Chapter Thirteen: Birth Order and Parenting
Chapter Fourteen: Putting It Together
Chapter Fifteen: Birth Order in Everyday Life
Chapter Sixteen: Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter Seventeen: The Future of Birth Order
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    FABULOUS all-new approach to birth order!!

    This is the best personality theory available today because it really works! Take the self-test to determine your own basic personality type (out of 5), which may or may not correspond with your chronological order in your family. Use the checklists to help you identify others' personalities. Get answers about why people do what they do and how to deal with each personality. Understand yourself without spending years in analysis. The other birth order books deal only with Adler's theories of 100 years ago and present nothing new. This book is all new and original with the author, who has studied many thousands of clients. My friends are all fascinated with this book--you will be, too! I can't wait until the author writes more!

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