Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives

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Vintage Books, 1997 - 653 halaman
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"An important and valuable study that will define research agendas for years to come. It is also hugely fun to read."
--Boston Globe

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families? What made Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and Voltaire uniquely suited to challenge the conventional wisdom of their times? This pioneering inquiry into the significance of birth order answers both these questions with a conceptual boldness that has made critics compare it with the work of Freud and of Darwin himself.





Frank J. Sulloway envisions families as ecosystems in which siblings compete for parental favor by occupying specialized niches. Combing through thousands of biographies in politics, science, and religion, he demonstrates that firstborn children are more likely to identify with authority whereas their younger siblings are predisposed to rise against it. Family dynamics, Sulloway concludes, is a primary engine of historical change. Elegantly written, masterfully researched, Born to Rebel is a grand achievement that has galvanized historians and social scientists and will fascinate anyone who has ever pondered the enigma of human character.





"Daring . . . a stunning achievement. "


--The New York Times Book Review

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A well written, easy to read book about the way that birth order affects our personality. An interesting entry into the nature vs. nurture debate, which gives a solid argument for the idea that children develop their personality in part based on where they are in the family. Baca ulasan lengkap

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Openness to Scientific Innovation
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Birth Order and Scientific Revolutions
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Birth Order and Personality
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Frank J. Sulloway has a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is a M.I.T. Research Scholar and also a recipient of a MacArthur 'Genius' grant. He is the author of Freud: Biologist of the Mind. He lives in Massachusetts.


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