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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Is there such a thing as sibling rivalry?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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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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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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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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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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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