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

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-09-04
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
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A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life-those we have with our siblings. Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters. 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 perceptive and groundbreaking book, Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based on cutting-edge research, he examines birth order, twins, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on sibling relationships, and much more. With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes science's provocative new ideas about the subject and transforms them into smart, accessible insights that will help everyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine. He is a coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13 and the author of Simplexity, Splendid Solution, Moon Hunters, and two novels for young adults. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

Table of Contents

Band of Brothers-and Sistersp. 1
Stocking the Team: Siblings in a Growing Familyp. 14
The Outbreak of Hostilities: Why Siblings Fight and What to Do About Itp. 35
Who's on First? The Mysteries of Birth Orderp. 57
The Golden Child: Favoritism and Its Consequencesp. 83
Breaking Up: Brothers, Sisters, and Divorcep. 105
Patching Up: The Blended Familyp. 126
Misguided Guidance: Drugs, Pregnancy, and Other Risky Behaviorsp. 149
Running the Asylum: When Siblings Raise Siblingsp. 168
If You Show Me Yours … Sibs, Sex, and Genderp. 193
Paired and Pared: The Curious Worlds of Twins and Singletonsp. 223
And On and On … Siblings Through the Yearsp. 257
Epiloguep. 281
Afterwordp. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Indexp. 305
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