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The Secret Power of Middle Children

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The Secret Power of Middle Children

How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and RemarkableAbilities

By Catherine Salmon; Katrin Schumann

Hudson Street Press, Hardcover, 9781594630804, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2011

This myth-busting book shows how "forgotten" middle children can-and do-rule the world.
In this counterintuitive book, psychologist Catherine Salmon and journalist Katrin Schumann combine science, history, and real-life stories to reveal for the first time that our perception of middle children is dead wrong.
Using unpublished and little-known research from evolutionary psychology, sociology, and communications, "The Secret Power of Middle Children" illustrates how adaptive strategies middleborns develop during childhood translate into stronger friendships, lasting marriages, successful careers, and effective parenting.
Over seventy million adult Americans are middle children, and forty percent of young American families have middle children. With constructive advice on how to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of being a middle child, Salmon and Schumann help middle children at any age (and their parents) use birth order as a strategy for 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.

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

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