The Secret Power of Middle Children

How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities

By Catherine Salmon; Katrin Schumann
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452297937, 304pp.)

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Description

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.




About the Author

Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Redlands. She lives in Beaumont, California.

Katrin Schumann is a journalist, freelance editor, and mother of three. She lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.




NPR
Monday, Aug 22, 2011

Stereotypes about middle children are hardly flattering; they're seen as confused underachievers who are overshadowed and overlooked. But in The Secret Power of Middle Children, Catherine Salmon and Katrin Schumann argue that there are hidden benefits to being a middle child. More at NPR.org

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Praise For The Secret Power of Middle Children

“Powerful advice … anchored in hard science and illuminated by vivid case examples.”
--David M. Buss, author of Evolutionary Psychology


“Entertaining and provocative.”
--Frank J. Sulloway, author of Born to Rebel

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