No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality
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 ...more
The main point of this book, though, is Harris's speculation about what makes people so ...more
This is an outstanding book on social and developmental psychology based primarily on evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience--the new paradigm that's revolutionizing academic psychology. It's engagingly written, authoritative, witty, ingeniously argued, and filled with information and wisdom. Judith Rich Harris is that rare, very rare, individual who is a top academic without a position at a major university, a professor ...more
Following her logic is occasionally challenging but for the most part the book is accessible. My biggest gripes were with her style, she occasionally came across quite ...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
An interesting perspective on why humans differ in personality. In my opinion (and Charlie Munger’s I’m sure) what’s more interesting is the way she challenges conventional wisdom and applies logic to the data that has already been compiled.
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
In chapter 8, ...more
I especially liked the section in which Harris discusses the problem of the generalization assumption held by ...more
So parents should avoid ...more
Harris has some ideas on how research in these areas has been misleading. ...more
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.
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.
Now to understand the motivation of why someone does something has some answers in either a relationship, socialization, or status system.