The Sister Knot: Why We Fight, why We're Jealous, and why We'll Love Each Other No Matter what

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 308 pages
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This “substantial contribution to the literature on sibling relationships” (Library Journal) explores the intricacy, friction, and love in bonds between sisters. Relationships between women are often freighted with a rocky mix of emotions—devotion and disregard, affection and loathing, admiration and envy—leading to anguish and confusion on the playground, in the home, and in the boardroom. Negotiating her layered feelings toward a sister shapes a woman’s psychology as forcefully as do her relationships with her parents. Drawing on compelling interviews and new research, Terri Apter considers the many aspects of the sister relationship from birth through adulthood. The need to fight to differentiate oneself from a sister, as well the protectiveness one feels for that same person, is explained by reference to extensive psychological and biological evidence.
 

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A Cambridge University tutor and prolific expert on parenting and womenƒ¯‚¿‚½s relationships, Apter (The Myth of Maturity: What Teenagers Need from Parents To Become Adults ) here makes a ... Read full review

Contents

Why Sisters?
3
The Power of Complicated Feelings
15
Younger Sisters and Other Variations Why the Sibling Trauma Is Universal
26
The Sister Knot
40
Shared Minds Empathy and Identity Between Sisters
63
Just Like and Completely Different How Sisters Find and Resist Family Roles
98
Protection and Resentment
137
Sisters and Friends The Interweaving of Female Bonds
176
The Power of Sister Stories
219
Success and Insecurity When One Sister Outshines the Other
237
Sistering A Lifelong Tie
260
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
272
Notes
279
Bibliography
290
Index
299
Copyright

Group Dynamics Among Sisters
203

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Terri Apter is a writer, psychologist, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge University. Her books include The Sister Knot and What Do You Want from Me? She lives in Cambridge, England.

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