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

ISBN-10: 0679758763
ISBN-13: 9780679758761
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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

Introduction
Openness to Scientific Innovation
Birth Order and Scientific Revolutions
Birth Order and Personality
Family Niches
Developmental Glitches
Gender
Temperament
Exceptions to the Rule
Social Attitudes
The Darwinian Revolution as Social History
The Protestant Reformation
Political Trends
The French Revolution
Social and Intellectual Context
Conclusion
A Brief Introduction to Statistics (or Correlations Made Easy)
Coding Procedures for Variables in the Study
Criteria for Selection of Participants in Scientific Controversies
Expert Raters and Other Collaborators
Techniques for Estimating Missing Data
Data and Expert Ratings on Social Attitudes
Modeling the Protestant Reformation
Modeling the French Revolution
Miscellaneous Technical Discussions
Suggestions for Future Research
How to Test Your Own Propensity to Rebel
List of Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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