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Doctor insights on: Dysfunctional Mother Causes Sibling Rivalry

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What do you do when debate over what to do with a parent has to do with a little more than sibling rivalry?

What do you do when debate over what to do with a parent has to do with a little more than sibling rivalry?

Know what is winning: Often there is no single right way to deal with parents and siblings. Rather than focusing on rivalry, it can be more helpful to understand each person's point of view and see increased understanding of each other as the big win in family situations. You are also given an opportunity to learn something about yourself through these emotional conflicts. Why not appreciate the wisdom gained? ...Read more

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Sibling Rivalry (Definition)

Sibling rivalry is a symptom in which a person does not help with, schemes against, argues with, or fights with one or more siblings to an unusual degree. Sibling rivalry is normal when it is present to a small degree, but is a problem if it is severe enough to prevent or ...Read more


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What's a good way to address a dysfunctional relationship with my mother?

What's a good way to address a dysfunctional relationship with my mother?

Psychotherapy: The most helpful approach would likely be individual psychotherapy for you -- since you're the one suffering enough to mention it. You could share your concerns with a professional who can help you explore what's happening. In the supportive space with the therapist, you can devise ways of dealing with your feelings and your mother. Your mother may not like it, but at least you will grow! ...Read more

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Do parents cause sibling rivalry?

Do parents cause sibling rivalry?

I'm sure a decent am: Mount is indeed triggered, mostly subconsciously by parents. This is my opinion. ...Read more

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What's the big psychological issue in sibling rivalry?

What's the big psychological issue in sibling rivalry?

Siblings: Some issues involve dominance, control, seeking attention from caretakers, or pursuit to excel. ...Read more

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Psychological issue in sibling rivalry at 60?

Psychological issue in sibling rivalry at 60?

Sounds like: A very longstanding psychological issue. Why not make an appointment with a therapist to help you sort this out? ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as sibling rivalry?

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Is there such a thing as sibling rivalry?

Siblings: Some issues involve dominance, control, seeking attention from caretakers, or pursuit to excel. ...Read more

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At what age do you get over sibling rivalry?

At what age do you get over sibling rivalry?

Depends...: Sibling rivalry is the perception that your sibling is getting more of something than you (attention, toys, food, etc.). Some siblings fight into adulthood but most 'grow up' when everyone moves out of the house. ...Read more

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When does sibling rivalry typically go away?

When does sibling rivalry typically go away?

Never: Siblings may compete their entire adult lives although it usually is no longer physical. Who is their parents' favorite, or who is the most successful are some of the areas that involve rivalry. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for two brothers to have a sibling rivalry?

How long is it normal for two brothers to have a sibling rivalry?

Unknown: Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to your inquiry. Potentially for the rest of their lives is the reality of the nature of 'brotherhood'. There may be periods of competition, rivalry, arguing, etc...As long as the love between them is emphasized; and they should be taught that respect of one another is of paramount importance; then "brothers will be brothers" as they say. ...Read more

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Why do problems arise among family members who have always had sibling rivalry?

Rivalry: Due to unresolved issues with boundaries, dominance, unrealistic expectations , limit setting & control. ...Read more

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Could the battle over who knows best about taking care of family occur in part, because of me, but also sisters pent up sibling rivalry and jealously?

Could the battle over who knows best about taking care of family occur in part, because of me, but also sisters pent up sibling rivalry and jealously?

Yes...: Families are so interesting ...And complex. Old wounds, perceived wounds, guilt, jealousy, etc can all affect such a situation. If you refer to aging parents then hopefully they handled a lot with medical power of attorney so there should not be a lot of fighting. Family meetings/counseling could help air things out and lead to healing. Everyone hopefully has the best interest of family at heart. ...Read more

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How do siblings get together on placement of elderly mother?

How do siblings get together on placement of elderly mother?

That is a tough: Issue. It can be very hard for a family to decide on placement and on where to place an elderly mother. If it is seeming impossible, you may want to make an appointment with a family therapist to work through some of the issues that are preventing you from reaching a decision. It might also be helpful for you together to see a geriatric psychiatrist with you mother for additional input. ...Read more

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My maternal grandfather nd grandmother both had diabetes. My mom doesn't have it but all her siblings do.Can I also have diabetes? How to prevent it??

My maternal grandfather nd grandmother both had diabetes. My mom doesn't have it but all her siblings do.Can I also have diabetes? How to prevent it??

Diabetes: Both my late mother and my older brother had/have diabetes but at age 71 I have avoided this. Please have one of your family members with diabetes to check your blood sugar - quick and painless. More than likely you do not have diabetes but it pays to be sure. ...Read more

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Mother and father are both twins. None of my siblings are twins. Even my niece n nephew are not twins. How to get twins?

Random: While twinning can run in the family, it is usually a random event and there is nothing you can so specifically to "get twins". Good luck! ...Read more

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My grandfather (mother's side)wasn't a twin but he had 4 sibling whom were twins and one if them had twins. What are the chances of me having twins?

My grandfather (mother's side)wasn't a twin but he had 4 sibling whom were twins and one if them had twins. What are the chances of me having twins?

Ain'tNoMathematician: I got dizzy just reading that! This is all probability analysis. And I don't think actual twins from one egg run in families. In fact if it were my family I'd run away. Ahem. Well, anyways there ARE the other kind of twins, from two eggs fertilized in the womb at near the same time, and that can run in the family(right to the bank for a loan for baby clothes! Thanks for not asking about triplets ...Read more

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My grandfather (mother)wasn't a twin but he had 4 sibling whom were twins and one if them had twins. What are the chances of me having twins? Thanks!

My grandfather (mother)wasn't a twin but he had 4 sibling whom were twins and one if them had twins. What are the chances of me having twins?
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Unknown: The incidence of MZ twins is 4/1000 live births and is fairly constant around they world (identical twins). DZ twinning is associated with multiple ovulation and varies among populations. In the US the incidence is 12/1000 live births increasing by age from 3 to 14/1000 live birts age 20- 35. Inheritnce of a twinning tendency is uncertain. ...Read more

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I have a balanced translocation of chromosomes 11 and 15. What are the chances that my mother/father/ or any of my 5 siblings have it?

I have a balanced translocation of chromosomes 11 and 15.
What are the chances that my mother/father/ or any of my 5 siblings have it?

Probably unlikely: In theory, you can come by this 3 ways.A new balanced event in your mothers egg during formation, at conception with dads balanced pattern or at conception with mom's. If you have 5 sibs & mom had no miscarriages the chances are yours was a new event. Studies can be done on the parents to see if either has it.If one does then studying your sibs would be reasonable. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of blood clotting, more my mother's siblings, but she hasn't been affected. Would I be able to start Ortho Tri-cylcen lo?

If my family has a history of blood clotting, more my mother's siblings, but she hasn't been affected. Would I be able to start Ortho Tri-cylcen lo?

FH of clots: Would see if anyone know why there are clots and get a full work up like protein S protein C, Leiden factor V , antithrombin levels, antiphospholipid and anticardiolipin antibodies. Check family history for lupus, bechets, vasculitis. Progesterone only BCP(norethindrone) pills, impants or copper only IUDs are another choice in a family history of clots. No smoking Discuss with gyn/hematologis ...Read more