Middle children are underachievers, overshadowed and overlooked, right? Wrong.
Combining research in evolutionary biology, psychology and sociology with real-life stories, psychologist Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., and journalist Katrin Schumann reveal what it really means to grow up in between, including how:
• Middles receive less financial and emotional support from their parents, but become remarkably successful and innovative adults • Middles can be stubbornly independent as teens, but are extraordinary team players later in life • Middles are often seen as outcasts, but are actually far less likely to get divorced or be in therapy than their siblings.
With surprising insights into how our birth order affects us, as well as constructive advice on how to maximize advantages and overcome drawbacks, The Secret Power of Middle Children shows middleborns at any age (and their parents) how to use what seems to be a disadvantage as a strategy for personal and professional success.
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I bought the paperback version with ISBN 987-0-452-29793-7. So the cited quotes will match the paper number of that version.
If you're looking for a book that attempts to explain the motivations and reasons behind the common behavioral traits exhibited by middle children, backed by sound research and empirical data...this is NOT that book.
1. The author makes numerous claims and statements about middle children but fails to provide the research to back them up. True, there is a bibliography at the end, but there aren't any footnotes or references to those items listed. And a full quarter of the bibiography are just websites, one of which is: "[...] (pg 270)
Examples: "Unhampered by set parental expectations and willing to try new things, middle children are more likely to be innovators than firstborns." (pg 97) That's a pretty strong statement. Where's the evidence? To back that up, I'd want to see figures/data. Did she pull all...
As a middle in a large family and having middles of my own, this book explained much. To my surprise, it also illuminated my relationship with my firstborn wife. I had not read any books on birth order before this one, but had heard the various theories over the years. What this book did for me was make me glad I'm a middleborn. I'll take the package of strengths and weaknesses of the middleborn over the first-, last- or only-born any day. I'm equally glad I have some middles of my own for the same reasons. I also don't blame my parents for any of the "negative" consequences of being a middleborn. In the end, my birth order (among other things) created a set of circumstances that helped form who I am...and I like who I am. My birth order doesn't define me, but it helps explain me. I think the explanatory power of birth order would vary greatly among individuals.
My one criticism of any birth order work is that it's too easy to find famous people whose lives fit a...
I found this book interesting and quite insightful. Several quotable passages jumped out at me as I read through. It seemed to me, however, that the author sometimes built conclusions based on previously held personal beliefs. I realize that all authors work in the context of their own worldview and personal biases, but Dr. Salmon's seemed quite evident at times. Having said that, I did feel that this book was worth reading and it did help with my overall understanding of this subject.
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