Kylie lang

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - Kylie Lang on Sun­day, to­mor­row in The Sun­day Mail

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Where you fall in the fam­ily peck­ing or­der might be less de­ter­mined by the rank of your birth than by how you are raised. Who says only chil­dren are spoilt rot­ten, or that mid­dle chil­dren are over­looked in favour of first-born high achiev­ers or last-born cheeky devils? While birth or­der the­ory gained cred­i­bil­ity un­der Aus­trian psy­chi­a­trist Dr Al­fred Adler (1870-1937), it has been dis­missed as pop­py­cock by evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­o­gists. Nev­er­the­less, it is en­shrined in fam­ily folk­lore and reg­u­larly trot­ted out to ex­plain be­hav­iour. Su­san John­son ex­plores the no­tion of birth or­der and its role in de­ter­min­ing the people we be­come. Also this week, co­me­dian Billy Con­nolly, who at 71 is bat­tling Parkin­son’s dis­ease, talks about death ahead of his doc­u­men­tary on the cus­toms, costs and cer­e­monies of dy­ing. As for his own fi­nal farewell? “I don’t think I want a rest­ing place,” he says. “I want to be scat­tered to the wind.”

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