No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality
The main point of this book, though, is Harris's speculation about what makes people so differen ...more
I refer to it often in talking to parents, along with The Myth of Laziness and a couple of other books.
This book challenges our common thinking, a lot of recent 'research' and culturally accept ...more
Once upon a time, a mother and housewife name Judith Rich Harris, with a business on the side writing psychology textbooks, lost her faith. Which is to say, she turned against the prevailing school of thought of mainstream psychology at the time, which believed that early parental behavior exerted profound influences over a child's behavior and personality, and would influence their development throughout the rest of their lives. She wrote a book, ' ...more
Harris proposes an interesting way to think about personality - as something formed through the interaction of three systems - the relationship, socialization and the status systems. A large chunk of the book is spent in eliminating the ...more
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I especially liked the section in which Harris discusses the problem of the generalization assumption held by nurtur ...more
So parents should avoid hubr ...more
Harris has some ideas on how research in these areas has been misleading. ...more
I am not sure I really agree to the whole of the hypothesis -- my gut is that the family is more important that Harris says -- but I did find her ideas challenging and refreshing. Definitely have made me question my own assumptions.
Harris elaborates her theory on how and why each person develops a unique personality (even identical twins). But first she pauses to consider, then demolish, rival theories. The pause takes up the first two-thirds of the book and makes for great reading. The theory itself seemed somewhat light on the details.