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The Origins of You

How Childhood Shapes Later Life

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$35.00 • £30.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674983458

Publication Date: 08/11/2020


432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

28 illus.


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This book’s authors, having plumbed their data in depth, deliver a flood of insights around the book’s central question: To what degree do our childhood personalities and behaviors predict our adult selves?—John Donvan, The Wall Street Journal

Will prove one of the best and most important works of the last few years… Fascinating.—Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

For those new to cohort literature, The Origins of You is an engaging introduction. For those familiar with this work, it is a chance to hear the authors thinking aloud, debating the best approaches and pondering what to study next. We can be certain that those conversations will now include how best to use these rich longitudinal resources to understand the effects of COVID-19.—Barbara Maughan, Nature

Tells us which types of children grow up to be which types of adults, and it offers hints as to how childhood experiences can aid or hinder human development… A must-read.—Robert VerBruggen, Institute for Family Studies blog

Engaging… Displays scope and curiosity, as the authors look at genetic factors, whether early circumstances can forecast certain later developmental outcomes, how and if the family experience and the environmental situation shape aspects of later life, and the role of the childhood experience in determining elements of adult health.Kirkus Reviews

This thought-provoking volume should fascinate psychology students.Publishers Weekly

The Origins of You brings the groundbreaking research of the top developmental psychologists of the past quarter-century to a wider audience. The book captures the genius and visionary stature of its authors and illustrates their profound influence on the current and future thinking of the field. A masterpiece!—Dante Cicchetti, Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota

It’s hard to imagine a better introduction to the way that contemporary developmental scientists think than The Origins of You, and it is hard to think of a more qualified group of writers, themselves among the most important, creative, and accomplished scholars in the field, to serve as guides. In much the same way that Bronfenbrenner’s The Ecology of Human Development forever changed the way we think about the environment, this book will change the way we think about the process of development itself. The Origins of You is destined to become a classic.—Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

The Origins of You poses a question that is both timely and timeless: how does each of us become the unique person we are? Drawing upon the most authoritative psychological studies ever conducted on the topic, the authors offer a treasure trove of remarkable insights that both underscore the complexity of human development and affirm the power of human resilience.—Dan P. McAdams, author of The Art and Science of Personality Development

A fascinating book from an outstanding team of scientists, dedicated to answering the central questions about how lives develop.—Anne Petersen, University of Michigan

The Origins of You deserves to be read by everyone who wants to understand human development.—David P. Farrington, University of Cambridge

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