The Secret Power of Middle Children
How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
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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.
Catherine Salmon is currently an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Redlands. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 in Experimental Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and from there went on to Simon Fraser University where she completed post-doctoral research funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include the evolutionary psychology of family dynamics, parental investment and birth order, human sexuality, and eating disorders. She is the author of (with Don Symons) "Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution, and Female Sexuality.