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The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us

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ISBN13:

9781594488313

ISBN10:
1594488312
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
9/15/2011
Publisher(s):
Penguin Group USA

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Summary

A senior writer at Timemagazine explores what scientists and researchers are discovering about sibling bonds, the longest- lasting relationships we have in our lives. Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters-not parents, not children, not friends. From the time we-and they-are born, our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life. In this groundbreaking book, renowned science writer Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in a way that is equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based heavily on new and emerging research, The Sibling Effectexamines birth order, twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on-and effects from-sibling relationships, and much more. With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes big ideas about siblings and turns them into smart, accessible writing that will help anyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

Table of Contents

Band of Brothers and Sistersp. 1
Stocking the Team: Siblings in a Growing Familyp. 15
The Outbreak of Hostilities: Why Siblings Fight and What to Do About Itp. 37
Who's on First? The Mysteries of Birth Orderp. 59
The Golden Child: Favoritism and Its Consequencesp. 85
Breaking Up: Brothers, Sisters, and Divorcep. 107
Patching Up: The Blended Familyp. 129
Misguided Guidance: Drugs, Pregnancy, and Other Risky Behaviorsp. 153
Running the Asylum: When Siblings Raise Siblingsp. 173
If You Show Me Yours ... Sibs, Sex, and Genderp. 199
Paired and Pared: The Curious Worlds of Twins and Singletonsp. 229
And On and On... Siblings Through the Yearsp. 263
Epiloguep. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
Indexp. 301
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