Archive for March, 2014

Well researched pop psychology books are a delight to read. They don’t require an understanding of research design, statistics, or comparison studies. They don’t require a reader to become a zealot advocate of any part or the whole. They are always about something that touches most everyone, presented in a breezy style. They bring fresh news of what is happening in university and medical research. They almost always confirm some personal experiences for the reader; and they are great bedtime reading because they can be read in short bits.

Here is a doozy of a pop written by two authors who are products of their own theory on how to raise successful children, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. Even when I tell the three components I have not spoiled the book for the reader because the authors deal with the flip side of each component as well as the rewards and underside of their theory of group and familial superiority. Quoting from the dust cover, “A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control: these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success.”

If you are trying to cross over the parental mountain pass to bring your children to the land of success and prosperity, you may wish to change some of your behavior after reading the book. You will certainly spend some time thinking about your parenting skills and their grownup consequences. Happy reading. Charles Marlin

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