Do your relationships tend to follow the same destructive pattern? Do you feel trapped by your family's expectations of you? Does your life seem overwhelmingly governed by jealousy or competitiveness of lack of confidence? Through a mixture of celebrity interviews, case histories, anecdotal evidence and hard statistics, clinical psychologist Oliver James attempts to demonstrate that who we are is largely the result of the way we were cared for during our first six years, rather than our genes and other environmental factors. Our nature, he argues, is shaped by our nurture. His approach, however, is far from prescriptive. Each chapter includes a straightforward questionnaire that allows you to complete an 'emotional audit'. Awareness of your role in the family script is the first step to rewriting your life.