Judith Rich Harris – The Nurture Assumption


What makes children turn out the way they do? Why is it that good parents don’t always turn out good kids? Judith Rich Harris questions the assumption that nurture is the crucial factor. Using examples from folklore, literature, and scientific research, Harris puts forth the electrifying theory that children aren’t socialized by their parents, they’re socialized by other children. It is what happens outside the home, while kids are in the company of their peers, that matters most.

The Nurture Assumption challenges everything we’ve been taught about rearing children and everything we believe about the emotional hangups of adults. It offers wise counsel on what parents can and cannot do, and relief from guilt for those who have tried their hardest but have somehow failed to produce a happy, confident, well-adjusted child.

Author: Judith Rich Harris
Narrator: Paula Parker
Duration: 3 hours 24 minutes
Released: 31 Jan 2003
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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nature vs nurture simplified. Homo sapiens destiny is in our genes. environmental genetics and epigenetics are two fields worth considering after a reasonable person completes this reading.