The Sister Knot: Why We Fight, Why We're Jealous, and Why We'll Love Each Other No Matter What

The Sister Knot: Why We Fight, Why We're Jealous, and Why We'll Love Each Other No Matter What

by Terri Apter

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The Sister Knot: Why We Fight, Why We're Jealous, and Why We'll Love Each Other No Matter What by Terri Apter

“The best book on sisters, very important and beautifully written.”—Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice
This “substantial contribution to the literature on sibling relationships” (Library Journal) explores the intricacy, friction, and love in bonds between sisters. Relationships between women are often freighted with a rocky mix of emotions—devotion and disregard, affection and loathing, admiration and envy—leading to anguish and confusion on the playground, in the home, and in the boardroom. Negotiating her layered feelings toward a sister shapes a woman’s psychology as forcefully as do her relationships with her parents. Drawing on compelling interviews and new research, Terri Apter considers the many aspects of the sister relationship from birth through adulthood. The need to fight to differentiate oneself from a sister, as well the protectiveness one feels for that same person, is explained by reference to extensive psychological and biological evidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330625
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/07/2008
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,102,605
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Terri Apter is a writer, psychologist, and retired Fellow of
Newnham College, Cambridge. Her nine books include The
Sister Knot and What Do You Want from Me? She lives in
Cambridge, England.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     XI
Introduction: Why Sisters?     3
The Power of Complicated Feelings     15
Younger Sisters and Other Variations: Why the Sibling Trauma Is Universal     26
The Sister Knot     40
Shared Minds: Empathy and Identity Between Sisters     63
"Just Like" and "Completely Different": How Sisters Find and Resist Family Roles     98
Protection and Resentment     137
Sisters and Friends: The Interweaving of Female Bonds     176
Group Dynamics Among Sisters     203
The Power of Sister Stories     219
Success and Insecurity: When One Sister Outshines the Other     237
Sistering: A Lifelong Tie     260
Frequently Asked Questions     272
Notes     279
Bibliography     290
Index     299

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