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The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are | [Kevin Leman]

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are

Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace. This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than 30 years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life.
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Publisher's Summary

Firstborn? Only child? Middle child? Baby of the family? Find out what it means to you, your relationships, and your career. Do you realize that of the first 23 astronauts in space, 21 were firstborns and the other two were the only child in their family? Are you aware that many successful entrepreneurs are middle children? Is it any surprise that most comedians are the youngest child in their family?

It's all about birth order. Birth order powerfully influences who you are, whom you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you are. And Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace.

This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than 30 years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life. Thousands of people have unlocked the secrets of birth order already. Shouldn't you be one of them?

©2009 Kevin Leman; (P)2009 Oasis

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    bruce Melbourne, Australia 05-30-12
    bruce Melbourne, Australia 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Just for fun"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have already recommended this book to a few people who I think may benefit from giving it a read, however I do not believe that it lives up to it's, some what exhaustive, claim that it offers 'life changing' wisdom within it's pages/wavelengths.


    What could Kevin Leman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Usually when I buy a book of this kind I am looking for lots of real life application suggestions. This book offers little in that regard.


    Have you listened to any of Wayne Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened to narration by Wayne Shepherd. I would happily recommend his performances.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a fun read/listen but my personal opinion is that the psycographic profiles presented by Dr Leman are a bit too exacting and few people would fit into such a precise frame.I give this book a star rating of 462 out of 1000...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 07-15-10
    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 07-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Bleh, like reading a horoscope"

    Sadly, this book fell well short of my expectations. I was hoping for some real insight into what makes a person tick. Instead, this book was more like a long, drawn-out horoscope. Leman makes little effort to substantiate his claims with objective evidence.

    I did get a sense of the three basic personality types.

    First born: Conscientious, orderly, organized, driven to please mom and dad

    Middle child: Peace maker, independent, chooses a different route to recognition than older siblings

    Last born: Disorganized, impulsive, attention-seeking, creative

    However, those personality classes are very difficult to apply. Why? Because his definition of who is in those categories is vague. You are a first-born if you are the first girl or first boy in your family, or if your next older sibling is at least 5 years older than you. Similarly, you are a last-born if you are the youngest in your family, or if your next younger sibling is at least 5 years younger than you. A middle child is one who doesn't fit those categories.

    I have an older sister (15 months older), and a brother who is about 5 years younger. That makes me a first-born and a last-born. But in many ways, I also fit the definition of a middle child. How uninteresting is THAT?! Without a clear picture of what class you're in, the book descends into an arbitrary list of personality types, and my personality spans across all of them. Bleh.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 07-24-15
    Joshua 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight! Worth a read for any parent, business person/team, and really anyone"

    Great insight! Worth a read for any parent, business person/team, and really anyone

    I have heard about this through the years and finally took the plunge to listen to the book. It gave me insight on my own upbringing, why I have certain traits (positive and negative) and helped my wife and I make important changes to our parenting habits. Thanks!

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    Thomas 05-05-15
    Thomas 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fair advice"

    He rambles on a bit about his own life. The parenting and marriage advice are common sense but reasonable it is more of an overview that does not get too in-depth he has some questionable references which he talks about with respect such as the Portillo Iacocca and Dobson just Google those names for the controversies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 01-09-15
    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 01-09-15 Member Since 2011

    An audible addict:)

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    This helped me understand why even parents and parents-in-law think like they think. Certain things - regardless my age - I am the more responsible one due to the birth order. Now I understand why Timothy was told that he must not stand back when he is told he is too young

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    Ange 09-11-13
    Ange 09-11-13
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    If you could sum up The Birth Order Book in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, practical, entertaining


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Practical relationship and communication advice between people of different birth orders. Very insightful generalisations about people's character based upon their birth order. The author draws from personal reflections to illustrate his theory.


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    "The Birth order book"

    Brilliant book. Loved it.
    It is a shame there was not more information about this in the book, fascinating.
    Thanks

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