The Accidental Bond; How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships

The Accidental Bond; How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships

by Susan Merrell


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The Accidental Bond; How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships by Susan Merrell

"A fascinating and informative read."

*The Boston Globe

"A RICH SOURCE OF FASCINATING MATERIAL about the complex realities of siblinghood and a valuable commentary on the impact that these little-studied relationships have upon our lives."

*The New Republic

"Many books have attempted to tackle the complex theme of sibling connection. But rather than look at the minutae of these relationships, journalist Susan Scarf Merrell examines the big issues that all siblings wrestle with in their own unique ways *in particular the Three Cs: Competition, Cooperation, and Comparison. What she discovered was that no matter what kind of relationship we now have with our siblings *close or distant, loving or hostile *our histories with them exert a profound effect on our current relationship with lovers, friends, coworkers, and our own children. Drawing on the most current research; the work of psychologists, psychiatrists, and family experts; and stories from brothers and sisters themselves, Merrell illustrates that through siblings, we come to know both the worst and the very best that lurks within each of us.

"Susan Merrell brilliantly illuminates how the peculiar mix of biology, history, and intimacy makes our attachments to siblings so essential to knowing ourselves."

*Mary Kay Blakely

Author of American Mom

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449911198
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/14/1997
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The Accidental Bond3
2Justine Arkady: "Edith Has Always Been There for Me"19
3Jack Morrison: A Brother Who Lives Alone45
4The Francis Twins: "We Were One Being Who Separated into Two"66
5Catherine Pantera Guerra: "I Always Saw Her as My Roots"101
6Richard Patch: "I Had Two Wonderful Families"128
7Laura and Sara Patch: "No Day Is Safe from News of You"154
8Ginger Farr: "If I See a Therapist, Am I Sick, Too?"187
9Rebecca, David, and Miriam Shulman: Acceptance Is the Key213
10Art, Hank, and Ron Mahoney: "We're Fundamental"243
A Final Note: Accepting Our Siblings273

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