Dealing with Favoritism in the Family

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Favoritism, according to Irving Bieber, a clinical professor at the New York Medical College, adversely affects both the ignored child and the preferred child.

The preferred child might want to see why he was chosen and may even feel guilty because his brothers and sisters are being deprived of their fair share of parental love because of him. On the other hand, the ignored child will also want to know why he was not favored. Consequently, he might develop an inferiority complex and may harbor ill feelings towards the favored sibling.

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