The First-Born

About a special sibling position

Original Title: Erstgeborene

Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 13.5 x 21.0 cm, 5.3 x 8.3 in.
ISBN: 978-3-466-30529-2
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Kösel

Date of publication: July 27, 2000
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Rights sold to: Czech Republic (Portal), Greece (Thymari), Mexico (Herder), Slovakia (Cathedra)

Jirina  Prekop - The First-Born


A subject that affects everyone

How could it be that the eldest child develops totally differently from the second although it has the same parents? Recent research has shown that the birth order has the greatest effect on the characteristics of a personality. With first-born children this becomes apparent in a special way: if other children follow, they must give up their "tyranny" and share the love of the parents with their siblings. This is not easy for many first-born children, because the new sibling is often experienced as a rival. Conspicuous behaviour nobody is capable of explaining is often a consequence.

Jirina Prekop was second-born and suffered for most of her life under her sister, who is four years older. Only later in her life did she succeed in reconciling with her. From the view-point of this personal experience, she would like to help understand the special fate of the first-born, because there is nobody to whom this topic does not appeal: either because one is oneself first-born, or one has grown up under the influence of a first-born of because one has a family which also includes a first-born.


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