Effects of Sibling Rivalry
Sibling rivalry is nothing new, it's been around since basically the beginning of time. One of the first stories in the Bible deals with sibling rivalry between the two brothers, Cain and Abel. We can see it resulting from the older brother, Cain, who is frustrated by the approval Abel received , to which he so greatly desired but was never given. In the end Cain kills his brother because of the jealousy and contempt he has for him. Showing us the first account of murder resulting from sibling rivalry.
A sibling is a relative who may live in the same household as one's brother or sister. A rival is an opponent to whom one may feel competitive and hostile towards. So the term, "sibling rivalry" is meant to describe the result of this competition between brothers and or sisters. Whether its pulling hair, fighting over any particular item, or in general trying the patience of parents to upmost limit are examples of competition between siblings. Which, as stated before in the Biblical case of Cain and Abel, sibling rivalry can carry on into adulthood, and possibly end in a terrible death.
It's not hard to distinguish the reason behind the cause of sibling rivalry because the fight for survival can also be found in nature. For example, kittens or puppies will fight one another for food in a way that may even cause the weakest in the litter or the "runt" to struggle toward ever reaching average size or even die from lack of nutrition. This struggle exists between humans in the same way. The only difference is that the fight isn't a struggle regarding food and recourses. People fight over love, attention, and overall approval from their parents.
It's no secret that human siblings can't all have completely equal attention from their parents. Even in the case when parents strive for fairness, all of their affections cannot be completely divide between two, three, four, or however many children they have. This is especially...
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