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Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives
Born to Rebel Birth Order Family Dynamics and Creative Lives Author:Frank J. Sulloway The influence of birth order, like that of gender, can be traced throughout history with clear and dramatic consequences. For most of recorded history, birth order has often determined who lived and who died, who possessed political power and who lacked it, and who was successful in efforths to find a mate and to reproduce. In prior centuries,... more » parents often invested more heavily in firstborns to guarantee that at least one offspring would successfully perpetuate the family lineage.
At the outset of this study, the author's goal was to explain just one aspect of human behavior -- the propensity to rebel. Nothing prepared him for what he encountered. Behavioral solutions to the dilemmas of family life preadapt people to the merits of change. To accept or reject the status quo is a fundamental decision that we must all sometimes make. We first learn to make such decisions within hte family. As the great forge of individual tendencies toward revolution and counterrevolution, the family is one of the foremost engines of historical change. In ways that he did not sudspect when he bagan, the causes of rebellion reside within every family. This story is about us all.« less