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Preview — The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
If Judith Rich Harris is right, there’s good news, and then there’s bad news. The good news is that there isn’t much I can do to screw up my kid. The bad news is that there’s not much I can do to keep her peers from screwing her up.
“The nurture assumption” is the assumption (made by sociologists, psychologists, educators, criminologists, parents, non-paren ...more
Harris points out that much of the evidence for what she calls ...more
Harris is undoubtedly right that peers do have a strong influence over how children develop. However, her ...more
Enjoyed the author's writing style and her humor had me chuckling throughout the 462 pages. The author presented numerous in-depth background examples and used them throughout the book. There was a tremendous amount of research that fl ...more
For someone interested in education and parenting, I place this book at the very top. Perhaps I do that becau ...more
Well, as far as I've seen, population-level evidence seems to side with Harris. There are s ...more
This book further elaborated on what I read in descendants like The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. American parents drastically overestimate the effect of pare ...more
I really want to put this book on my turd heap shelf but I will resist because Ms. Harris is so earnest. But I cannot give it any stars.
I find i ...more
Malcolm Gladwell often cites this book as being one of his favorite, as well as the template for his genre (of which he is the most famous author, though probably not the best). So in a time where books l ...more
The biggest thing I take from this book is to not overlook the power of peer groups an ...more
She is at great pains to demolish Sulloway's Born to Rebel (don't know if she's an eldest!). I end up with a compromise that would probably satisfy neither author: that the effects differ based on the individual's experience.
Harris's world is one in which there's a neighborhood gang of peers; Sulloway's one in which the world is dominated by one's immediate family and own role therein. One ...more
I was hesitant to believe it at first but chapter after chapter Judith Harris has me convinced. It's no wonder the book comes highly ...more
My favorite non-fiction books are the ones that make you question things you took for granted and compel you to see the world in a new way. And if they do it with wit, style, and a bit of verbal punchiness, so much the better.
The Nurture Assumption succeeds on all counts. It questions the pervasive premise that the primary determinant of one's personality is the way you were raised by your parents.
Marshalling the data from numerous studies, but interpreting them in new ways, Harris argues that t...more
Interestingly, after reading this book, I started ...more