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|3 Tips for Building Strong Families from Diverse Individuals|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 13 January 2014 15:03|
What Worked in the Old Days Still Works Today, Says Award-Winning Author
Have you ever wondered how members of the same family, from aunts, uncles and cousins to siblings born of the same parents and raised in the same household, can be so very different?
“We see it in every family – Grandma’s so easygoing and her son be so strict; Mom’s a zany beatnik and her sister’s a corporate v.p. Anyone with brothers and sisters will even see it within their own sibling group,” says Lynn Shafer, award-winning author of “Stories from Brooklyn: Ancient Voices, Ritual Chants,” (www.jo-anbooks.com), a timeless look at the interplay of disparate members of an extended 1940s family.
A ground-breaking study by researcher Robert Plomin in the 1980s is still the preeminent resource for psychologists seeking to understand personality diversity within families. Even among siblings, the study showed, while physical traits may be very similar, personalities can be as varied as random individuals from the general population.
“Expand that to the extended family, including the vast non-traditional extended families we see today, and you’re likely to see more differences than similarities,” says Shafer. “Still, many of these families are tight-knit and cohesive. They serve as an inspirational example for humanity as a whole. Despite a union of very different people, we can all love, learn and grow together.”
How can you build a strong family? Shafer shares timeless tips:
About Lynn Shafer
Lynn Shafer is a Brooklyn native and a graduate of Brooklyn College. A veteran English teacher in New York City schools, she has utilized oral history to create a body of work that can be read aloud. The story “Ancient Voices, Ritual Chants” was runner-up in the fiction category of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society annual competition in 1995 for previously unpublished work, portions of which she has read aloud at the prestigious 92 Street Y in Manhattan. She has also written and performed poetry at the Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod, where she attended workshops for many years. “Stories from Brooklyn” is published by Jo-An Books – “Books that are making history.” Find it at www.jo-anbooks.com and anywhere books are sold.
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