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Dysfunctional Mother Causes 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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Siblings: Some issues involve dominance, control, seeking attention from caretakers, or pursuit to excel. ...Read more
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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