Very interesting take on how birth order, years between births, etc. form our personalities. Leman is engaging and funny. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to figure out why you are so different from your siblings or why your kids are so different from one another.
Dr. Kevin Leman's ever-popular book on birth order is getting a new look and updated writing. With insight and wit, Dr. Leman offers readers a fascinating and often funny look at how birth order affects personality, marriage and relationships, parenting style, career, and children. Birth order powerfully influences the way people interact with others, whether they're at home or on the job. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about how they react to their world. Dr. Leman even shows readers how to overcome ingrained tendencies they never thought they'd be rid of, all by focusing on their birth order. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Your birth order -- whether you were born first (or are an only child,) or second, in your family -- powerfully influences what kind of person you are, who you marry, the job you choose. Now you can discover: How to pick out the first born in any group. Why the baby in the family gets away with everything. How to help middle children feel less squeezed and more loved. Ways to overcome your worst inborn tendencies. Which career suits you best. How to make the perfect marriage match and much, much more... You've seen him on television and heard him on the radio. Now internationally known psychologist Kevin Leman reveals an exciting new way to better understand yourself and those you love.
"Forget astrology. The fresh, new karmic aid for picking friends and lovers is birth order... a funny, and sometimes not so funny, look at the effect siblings, or the lack of them, have in shaping a person." -- Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a really interesting book on birth order. I enjoyed reading all the details about my birth order and what it means. The book has excellent details and lots of information on all birth orders. I enjoyed reading about my siblings too. All in all it is an educational and fun book packed full of information I would have never considered. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the details of your birth order, to order this book. It's a good, fun easy read.
This is one of the best books on Birth Order I have ever read. There is to start with the typical first, middle, last, and only description for children, but it gets a lot deeper than that.
Leman explains that the number of years between children can create combination children. A child may technically be a "first born", but if s/he has 5 years or more between the next oldest sibling, s/he may ALSO be an "only child". A "middle child" may also be a "last child" if there are more than 5 years between the next youngest sibling. The last child may also be an "only child" if there are many years between him/her and the next sibling.
Additionally, Leman makes note that the sex of the child may change how s/he is treated in comparison to the other siblings. If a child is born as a "middle child", but is of the opposite sex as his older and/or younger siblings, s/he may be treated like a "first born", rather than a "middle child".
Leman explains that the birth order of the parents may influence how they raise their children, advertantly or inadvertantly. The way a parent was raised will obviously influence the decisions s/he makes concerning the child.
The author proposes that your birth order--whether you were born first, second, or later in your family--powerfully influences what kind of person you are, who you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you'll be.