The Secret Power of Middle Children

The Secret Power of Middle Children

How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities

By Catherine Salmon; Katrin Schumann

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452297937, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

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
Charles Crawford is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Simon Fraser University where he is also a member of the Biological Sciences Department. He was educated at the University of Alberta, where he completed a master's degree in psychology and the philosophy of science and at McGill University, where he completed a Ph.D. in measurement and statistics. Since completing his Ph.D. he has done research at the Institute of Behavior Genetics at the University of Colorado, the Evolution and Human Behavior Program at the University of Michigan, and the philosophy of science at the Center for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. He is a fellow of the "Canadian Psychological Association the American Psychological Society, and past-president of the "International Society for Human Ethology. In 2002, he won the Sterling Prize for Controversy.
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.

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