Tag Archives: family

Siblings Split

Theories about how siblings develop such different personalities (NPR).

“Children in the same family are more similar than children taken at random from the population,” Plomin says, “but not much more.”  In fact, in terms of personality, we are similar to our siblings only about 20 percent of the time.

Sisters and Happiness

Deborah Tannen looks at why having a sister makes people happier.

My own recent research about sisters suggests a more subtle dynamic. I interviewed more than 100 women about their sisters, but if they also had brothers, I asked them to compare. Most said they talked to their sisters more often, at greater length and, yes, about more personal topics. This often meant that they felt closer to their sisters, but not always…

Focus on the Family

A massive anthropological study of American family life is complete.  Cameras on 32 families; 1,540 hours of video.

“This is the richest, most detailed, most complete database of middle-class family living in the world…What it does is hold up a mirror to people. They laugh. They cringe. It shows us life as it is actually lived.”