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The Nurture Assumption
NO  TWO  ALIKE
by Judith Rich Harris

(W. W. Norton, February 2006)

Library Journal 2006 Best Sci-Tech Book, psychology

No Two Alike cover
        [No Two Alike][in Hebrew, Am Oved])     Geen twee hetzelfde [Netherlands])     [Jeder ist anders][in German, DVA])
        [No Two Alike][in Korean, Dongnyok Science])     [No Two Alike][in Chinese, Business Weekly Publications, Taiwan])     Não há dois iguais [Brazil])
    No Two Alike cover
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author profile             other writings by Judith Rich Harris



Personality development and the child's environments
Edge - Serpentine Gallery, October 13, 2007

Switching the parents around
British Psychological Society Research Digest, September 30 2007

Do pals matter more than parents?
The Sunday Times [UK], August 8, 2007

Why home doesn't matter
Prospect, May 2007

Interview on ABC Radio [Australia]

Parental selection: A third selection process
in the evolution of human hairlessness and skin color.

Winner of the 2006 David Horrobin Prize.

10 Questions for Judith Rich Harris

The Idea of Zero Parental Influence

      Quotes        


"Why do identical twins who grow up together differ in personality? . . . Reading this book is akin to working your way through a mystery novel -- complete with periodic references to Sherlock Holmes. . . . Harris's writing is highly entertaining, which will help readers stick with her through the elaboration of a fairly complex theory."
--
Publishers Weekly, 2/06



"The controversial author of The Nurture Assumption (1998) -- in which it was argued that peer relations, not nature or nurture, were the driving force in child development -- continues her exploration of what makes us the way we are. This time Harris offers a "scientific detective story" aimed at uncovering the secret of human individuality. Armed with new psychological theories and cutting-edge, high-tech tools, Harris takes a multidisciplinary approach to answering the nagging question of why identical twins raised in the same household often differ, sometimes dramatically, in personality? Harris delivers an answer (and, yes, it's sure to be controversial), but it's the quest itself that will prove most fascinating for general readers, who will marvel at the step-by-step accumulation of facts, as the author marshals her argument by adeptly juggling a wide array of tools, from new theories of evolutionary psychology to behavioral genetics and linguistics."
  --David Pitt, in  Booklist, 1/1/06.



"As she did in The Nurture Assumption (1998), independent scholar Harris makes waves again with a new theory of personality to explain why no two people are alike. Based on behavioral genetics and evolutionary and social psychology, and fitted into a modular theory of how the brain works, . . . she posits three distinct systems as the molders of personality. One is a relationship system that allows babies to distinguish family from strangers and throughout life allows us to build a "mental rolodex" of information on discrete individuals. The second is a socialization system. Sure, parents count, she says, but what turns us into social beings is what happens in school and at play, as we become members of a group . . . Third is a status system by which we acquire self-knowledge by measuring how we stand up against rivals . . . These dynamics play out against a hefty genetic contribution that makes individuals more or less aggressive, shy, anxious, attractive and so on. There's a lot to be said in favor of these systems (and genes), and Harris lays out telling points in their defense -- while also laying out some of the leading lights of personality psychology for their sins of omission and commission."
-- Kirkus Reviews, 12/15/05.



"With neither a doctorate nor a university behind her, Harris more than compensates with intelligence, dogged research, lively writing, a love of mystery, and droll humor. She wrestles bulging files of research data into shape, in the process taking down some champions of the old order, including Freud . . . . Harris makes behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology enjoyable and accessible to general readers as well as scholars. Essential for general and academic libraries."
  --E. James Lieberman, M.D., in  Library Journal.





BOOK REVIEWS
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DatePublicationReviewer
2/27/06-1/20/12  NEW AMAZON.COM 24 customer reviews
6/09 SOCIALNET [Germany]Hilde von Balluseck [in German]
2/18/09 TOO MANY BOOKSThornshar
1/20/09 CLAUDIO SANTANAClaudio Santana [in Portuguese]
12/08 PSYKOLOG NYT [Denmark]Erling Koefoed-Nielsen [in Danish] [PDF]
11/08 GALILEO [Israel]Yoram Kirsh [in Hebrew]
10/22/08 HAARETZ [Israel]Amia Lieblich [in Hebrew]
10/05/08 RYviewpoint 
9/24/08 MAARIV [Israel]Carmit Sapir [in Hebrew]
9/08 INFANT & CHILD DEVELOPMENTAngelica Ronald [PDF]
5/25/08 ANNETTE K NIELSEN [Denmark]Annette K Nielsen [in Danish]
6/30/06-4/22/08 AMAZON.CA [Canada] 3 customer reviews
4/1/08 ETCMartin H. Levinson
2/08 BIOLOGISTRehana Jawadwala
1/15/08 EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGYFarnaz Kaighobadi &
Todd K. Shackelford
[PDF]
6/30/06-10/11/07
AMAZON.CO.UK 4 customer reviews
10/07 THE PSYCHOLOGIST [UK]Mike Anderson [PDF]
8/30/07 DEUTSCHLANDRADIO [Germany]Arno Orzessek [in German]
6/30/07 SCIENCE NEWS  
6/29/07 THE CHALLENGE DIVIDENDBob Gilbreath
6/22/07 CHOSUN ILBO [South Korea][in Korean]
6/22/07 HANKOOK ILBO [South Korea][in Korean]
6/22/07 SEGYE ILBO [South Korea][in Korean]
6/22/07 MUNHWA ILBO [South Korea][in Korean]
6/22/07 MAEIL BUSINESS [South Korea][in Korean]
5/15/07 PANCRITChris Hibbert
4/07 MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWJim Sullivan
3/21/07 PsycCRITIQUESJoan Chiao
Winter/07 BRAIN, CHILDStephanie Wilkinson
12/25/06 SOLUTION-FOCUSED MANAGEMENTCoert Visser [in Dutch]
11/06 MAGILL BOOK REVIEWSCarl L. Bankston III
10/06 HUMAN GIVENS JOURNAL [UK]Denise Winn
10/06 TWIN RESEARCH & HUMAN GENETICSIrene Rebollo [PDF]
9/27/06 COQUITLAM LIBRARY [Canada] Vicki Donoghue
8-9/06 POLICY REVIEWAmy Wax
7/12/06 PERSPECTIVIST CONNECTIONSAndrew
7/06 NATURE GENETICSDorret Boomsma [PDF]
6/25/06 SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY  
6/16/06 POPULAR SCIENCEMartin O'Brien
6/10/06 THINKING MEATMary Hrovat
6-7/06 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MINDJonathan Beard
4/27/06 IDEASDavid Friedman
4/22/06 KANSAS CITY STAR
CENTREDAILY
[PA]
K.C. Shankland
4/19/06 MAJORITYRIGHTS.COMMatt Nuenke
4/13/06 GENE EXPRESSIONagnostic
4/12/06 WILLAMETTE WEEKKarla Starr
3/30/06 CBC NEWS VIEWPOINT [Canada]Stephen Strauss
3/30/06 ENLIGHTENED CAVEMANChris Wilson
3/11/06 SCIENCE NEWS  
3/8/06 METAPSYCHOLOGYJohn D. Mullen
3/5/06 ABOVE TOP SECRETsoficrow
3/5/06 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWWilliam Saletan
3-4/06 PSYCHOLOGY TODAY  
2/14/06 NEW YORK SUNPeter Pettus
2/06 PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 
2/1/06 LIBRARY JOURNALE. James Lieberman
1/1/06 BOOKLISTDavid Pitt
12/15/05 KIRKUS REVIEWS 


OTHER COMMENTARY

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6/29/09 PSYCH CONTROVERSIESessay
4/16/09 SUITE101 [Germany]quotes [in German]
1/31/09 SECULAR RIGHT discussion
10/3/08 SOURCES OF INSIGHT discussion in book review
4/16/08 TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT discussion in book review
4/15/08 WASHINGTON POST quotes in column
3/9/08 WPROST [Poland]interview [in Polish]
Spring/08 FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITYpsychology course required reading [PDF]
2/08 BIRTH ORDER BOOK OF LOVEdiscussion in book by Cane
12/10/07 TOMPETERS!discussion
12/07 J. of ADOLESCENT RESEARCHdiscussion in article
11/19/07 THE INDEPENDENT [UK]quotes & discussion
10/10/07 SLATEdiscussion about column
10/07 EVIL GENESdiscussion in book by Oakley
10/07 OPRAH MAGAZINEquotes
10/07 PERSONALITY: WHAT MAKES YOU
THE WAY YOU ARE
discussion in book by Nettle
9/30/07 BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC.
RESEARCH DIGEST
article by Harris
8/24/07 ZOOMINFOexcerpts from review
8/20/07 PROSPECT Blog [UK]links to essay by Harris & commentaries
8/9/07 THE TIMES [London]critique by Byron
8/9/07 THE TIMES [London]essay by Harris
8/5/07 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWminireview
7/16/07 NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONALquote
7/15/07 INDIAN EXPRESSquote
6/22/07 NEWSWEEKquote
5/16/07 DONALD CLARK PLAN Bmini-review
5/07 PROSPECT [UK]essay by Harris
5/07 PROSPECT [UK]response by Livingstone
4/29/07 THE TIMES [London]column
4/27/07 THE TELEGRAPH [UK]opinions
4/26/07 THE TELEGRAPH [UK]opinions
4/26/07 IONA INSTITUTE FOR
RELIGION & SOCIETY
[Ireland]
discussion
4/26/07 UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL [UPI]news brief
4/25/07 THE TIMES [London]column
4/15/07 THE OBSERVER [UK]article
4/1/07 NEW YORK TIMESletter by Harris
4/07 EXPLAINING SOCIAL BEHAVIORdiscussion in book by Elster
3/07 GO PUT YOUR STRENGTHS TO WORK discussion in book by Buckingham
2/15/07 KRONDOBLOG mini-review
1/19/07 REALITY-BASED COMMUNITYessay on birth order
9/10/06 SABAH [Turkey]quotes [in Turkish]
6/25/06 FACTS [Switzerland]cover story [in German]
6/16-21/06 NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINEdiscussion by Lowry, Derbyshire,
Greenberg, Podhoretz
6/20/06 GENE EXPRESSIONdiscussion of Nat'l Review Online discussion
5/27/06 ÉPOCA [Brazil]interview [in Portuguese]
5/13/06 FINANCIAL TIMES [UK]article
5/13/06 DIE STANDARD [Austria]interview [in German]
5/11/06 SLATEdiscussion in article
5/10/06 PsycCRITIQUESdiscussion in review of book by Appiah
5/06 POOR CHARLIE'S ALMANACK
2nd edition
discussion in book by Munger
4/13/06 GENE EXPRESSIONresponse to review
3/25/06     NEW SCIENTIST [UK]   comment on interview
3/19/06 BOSTON GLOBEmention in book review
3/9/06 MEDICAL HYPOTHESESarticle by Harris
2/25/06     NEW SCIENTIST [UK]   interview
2/17/06 NEW YORK SUNletter
1/25/06 GENE EXPRESSIONinterview


BROADCASTS


DateProgram 
5/8/07 AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING / LIFE MATTERSradio interview [audio]
4/1/07 TV GLOBO / NOVOS OLHARES [Brazil] interview: online video
12/6/06 PSYCHJOURNEY AUDIO BOOK CLUBinterview [audio]


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