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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?

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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