The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do

Psychology researcher J.R. Harris asserts in this book “The Nurture Assumption”, that genetics and peer interaction play a much larger role in a child’s emotional development than the famous child psychologist Bowlby’s theory took into consideration. Using studies of twins who had been separated at birth, yet displayed remarkably similar characteristics of personality despite differences in environment, Harris demonstrated the importance of genetic predisposition as a factor in human development.

This groundbreaking book shook the psychological establishment when it was first published in 1998 by claiming that parents have little impact on their children’s development.

This is the tenth anniversary edition of The Nurture Assumption.

Pulitzer Prize finalist
New York Times notable pick

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