Separate Lives: Why Siblings Are So Different

Separate Lives: Why Siblings Are So Different

Separate Lives: Why Siblings Are So Different

Separate Lives: Why Siblings Are So Different

Excerpt

The first thing she noticed was the boots, surprising in the formality of the conference room in the prestigious CIBA building in Portland Place, just by Regents Park in London. It was October 1981, an international CIBA conference on the development of temperament. Among the other conference participants ranged around the comfortable room, he lounged back casually with the boots stretched out for all to see. She wondered who the young man was—probably another arrogant American come to "tell it like it is" to us "poor Brits."

She was much more interested in this conference than in most of the international jet-set conferences lampooned so well by David Lodge in his novels on academia. The topic—temperament—had drawn developmental psychologists, clinicians, and a new species, behavioral geneticists, all with a common interest in early appearing personality traits thought by many to be genetically based. Developmental psychologists were beginning to notice how different one infant is from the next, not just in mental abilities and language ability, but also in personality. Clinicians were still shaking off the constraints of the view that all the bad aspects of personality could be attributed to poor mothering, a "mal de mère" syndrome. Behavioral . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.