The favorite child: blessing or curse?

Mar 1, 2010

Most parents would never admit they prefer one of their children over another. But the reality is, most mothers and fathers can’t help liking one kid best. Being the chosen one certainly has powerful advantages, but psychologist Dr. Ellen Weber Libby says there are dramatic drawbacks as well. In her new book, The Favorite Child, Libby delves into the benefits and hazards of favoritism, which ultimately shape all of us as adults. Is there a darling in your family? What impact did that have? And what’s it like growing up feeling like second or third best?

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