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Born to win : keeping your firstborn edge without losing your balance
Leman, Kevin.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, 2009.

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286 pages ; 22 cm
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BF723.B5 L4633 2008 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Firstborns are the natural movers, shakers, and leaders of the world. They can accomplish anything they set their minds to. They're the high achievers, the benchmark setters, the business moguls, the concert violinists, the heads of the PTA. But if they're out of balance, they can be overly perfectionistic, driven, and critical. They can become controllers (everything has to go their way) or pleasers (they exhaust themselves in meeting the demands of others).
Now available in trade paper, "Born to Win" identifies the qualities of firstborns . . . and there's a catch. Just because someone is the firstborn child in the family doesn't mean they'll have a firstborn personality. They can be third in a group of four siblings and still have a firstborn personality Dr. Kevin Leman reveals why.
He helps firstborns understand their natural advantages--while becoming aware of their weaknesses and learning how to sidestep them--for the highest level of personal success at home, at school, at work, and in relationships. And he helps those who live or work with firstborns to understand them better. This fun, informative, and practical book will keep readers engaged and provide many "aha " moments.

Author Notes

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author of more than 35 books, including The Birth Order Book, Have a New Kid by Friday, and Have a New Husband by Friday. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on Fax Friends, The View, Today, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his firstborn wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: Will the Firstborn Please Stand Up? Just who are the firstborns?p. 11
1 What's This Birth Order Business About Anyway?p. 19
2 Who's on First?p. 35
3 The Firstborn Personalityp. 59
4 Why Firstborns Are the Way They Arep. 73
5 Where Do I Got to Buy One of Those Firstborns?p. 91
6 Has the Critical Eye Turned on You?p. 109
7 The Firstborn Advantage at Homep. 147
8 The Firstborn Advantage at Schoolp. 185
9 The Firstborn Advantage at Workp. 219
10 The Firstborn Advantage in Relationshipsp. 253
11 Making the Most of Being a Firstbornp. 271
Notesp. 279
Aboutp. 283
Resourcesp. 285