The Secret Power of Middle Children

The Secret Power of Middle Children

How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101543429
  • 304 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


This myth-busting book shows how “forgotten” middle children can-and do-rule the world.

In this counterintuitive book, psychologist Catherine Salmon and journalist Katrin Schumann combine science, history, and real-life stories to reveal for the first time that our perception of middle children is dead wrong.

Using unpublished and little-known research from evolutionary psychology, sociology, and communications, The Secret Power of Middle Children illustrates how adaptive strategies middleborns develop during childhood translate into stronger friendships, lasting marriages, successful careers, and effective parenting.

Over seventy million adult Americans are middle children, and forty percent of young American families have middle children. With constructive advice on how to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of being a middle child, Salmon and Schumann help middle children at any age (and their parents) use birth order as a strategy for success.


“Powerful advice … anchored in hard science and illuminated by vivid case examples.” — David M. Buss, author of Evolutionary Psychology

“Entertaining and provocative.” — Frank J. Sulloway, author of Born to Rebel
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