The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are

by Kevin Leman

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The order in which we are born has a powerful, far-reaching influence on the way we interact with others—at home, at work, with friends, and in the public square. Dr. Kevin Leman's classic book on birth order is getting a new look, bringing his engaging, fascinating, and often funny observations to a new audience. With insight and wit, Dr. Leman shows readers how birth order affects personality, marriage and relationships, parenting style, career, and children. Anyone who wants to gain understanding about the ways they interact with others—and even overcome ingrained tendencies they never thought they'd be rid of—will love Dr. Leman's insightful book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800723842
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Repackaged Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 32,183
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls through hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, FOX's The Morning Show, Today, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, The 700 Club, CBS's The Early Show, In the Market with Janet Parshall, CNN, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America. A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than fifty books, including The Birth Order Book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Preface: Maybe Abel Did Have It Coming9
1Birth Order--Does It Really Make Any Sense?13
2But, Doc, I Don't Fit Your Birth Order Mold! Birth Order Variables--Part 132
3What's Parenting Got to Do with It? Birth Order Variables--Part 252
4First Come, First Served: A Closer Look at First Borns75
5Just How Serious a Problem Is Perfectionism?97
6Moving from Perfectionism toward Excellence: There Is a Way Out of the Perfectionist Swamp114
7Lonely Only, Super First Born: A Closer Look at Only Children130
8I Never Did Get No Respect: A Closer Look at the Middle Child149
9Born Last but Seldom Least: A Closer Look at the Baby of the Family167
10How to Let Your Birth Order Work for You in Business190
11Birth Order Marriages Aren't Made in Heaven207
12I Only Count When ... Taking a Look at Your Life-Style231
13Why Reality Discipline Works with Any Birth Order250
14Flaunt Your Imperfections: Parenting First Borns and Only Children268
15Two May Be Company ... or a Crowd: Parenting the Two-Child Family289
16Taking Off the Squeeze: Parenting the Middle Child307
17Helping the Family "Cub" Grow Up: Parenting the Last Born321
Epilogue: There Is Still Only One Thing You Can't Do Without338
AU.S. Presidents and Their Birth Order349
BA Review of Born to Rebel by Frank Sulloway352

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Birth Order Book 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will explain why you act the way that you do, why your siblings are the way that you are, why you date certain people, what type of person you are most likely to marry, why your parents act like that, why you have the certain friends that you have any everything in between just because of when you were born! It is amazing, you can relate it to any person or situation, and it makes you realize more about yourself and everyone else! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were three things I didn't care for: 1) I got kind of tired of hearing about his children 2) The chapter about selling to people of different birth orders (e.g., how to sell a car to a middle-born, and 3) I felt the references to God didn't add anything and were unnecessary. It was an interesting read, though, and I have enjoyed thinking about different friends and co-workers and what their birth orders are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to help figure out how my place in my family helped to create who I am today. It has shown me that and so much more. I think that this book would be beneficial to anyone, but especially helpful in teaching people how to better communicate with people in their life. Business owners would greatly benefit by knowing how to hire and handle their employees.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found myself shedding tears of laughter, this book hit the nail directly on the head. If you ever questioned why you do some things, this book may give you those answers. Great book. It helped me out alot, as a person and as a parent.
booksbooks11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My feelings about this book swing wildly as I read the different chapters and find some really good stuff in between all the glib generalisations.Mostly I have to say I want to tell Kevin that people are really not that simple. You can't categorise me as a "middle child" or anyone else for that matter.If you have an unconvential family you will be particularly disappointed as he focuses on the typical 2 or 3 children. As one of 6 I really stuggled to apply much of what he said to my own childhood. I think some generalisations about first children may hold as whatever comes after they do hold a particular place in the family. Even having said that as I'm married to a first born who doesn't fit the mould at all, it looks like he failed again there.It's kind of insulting to boil us down to a set of characteristics determined by our position in the family, actually pretty preposterous for him to apply his middle class 2-3 children to all of us and expect us to fit his cookie cutter world.
mariah2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE BIRTH ODER BOOK would have been much better if the first three chapters were taken away. There was a lot of self promotion for the book in these first four chapters, and I became a bit frustrated with the author telling us how great this book was and how important it was that we read it. While he did make some pretty interesting statements in the book, and parts of the book really were great, the author¿s sales tactics were applied in the incorrect setting. The people that need to be told to read the book are not the ones, like me, who are already reading it. The concept of birth order is certainly interesting, and the author gave some easy to understand examples and ¿tests¿ to help get his point across, but you can probably just skim the first few chapters and not miss very much¿..but what do I know, I am just a first born.
LindaMorris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the Birth Order Book to be a fun, easy read. Kevin Lehman makes understanding siblings easy.
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This book is HIGHLY recommended to anyone and everyone. You will learn about yourself and others. It is really eye opening and makes so much sense.
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I found this book fun to read, as well as helpful in understanding not only myself and the way I relate with my sisters, but also why my kids act the way they do. It also gave me a new perspective on how to treat them in order to help them reach their potential.
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Crystaldeedee More than 1 year ago
This book is really great for those in a business where they could use some help 'reading' their clients. Excellent!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder why your sibling do things that annoy you? Or why you are different from them? Get this book and read all about it. I loved it!
Cyncfo More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I thought I understood birth order but Dr. Leman gives some very good insight. As a future therapist I can see where I can use some of this information in my counseling.
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