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The Science of Siblings
5 years ago
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I was the oldest of three boys.. I was the "hippie" of the family while my other brother ran around with the Black Panthers. My youngest brother is the more mainstream type.. Found this piece fascinating and worth the listen..


Siblings can play a powerful role in our lives, and now scientists are learning more than ever about just how much our brothers and sisters impact our behavior.

Author Jeffrey Kluger examines the science and delves into his own childhood to explain why who we are is as much about our siblings as it is about ourselves.

so, David,
5 years ago

...were you the "favored child"?

5 years ago

I don't know about that! I was the one who was supposed to set the example and do everything "right"!

5 years ago

just how much our brothers and sisters impact our behavior.


Which is a lot.

5 years ago

I am the youngest of four - 'the baby' - not nearly the 'happy/favored' place that middle and older sibs so often claim.  I'm sure that my experience as the youngest in large part shaped my aversion to 'authority' - but is also responsible for my having grown up feeling totally loved.


5 years ago

I don't know, Katii. I was the first of four, and I was expected to be perfect. My parents decided how I was going to dress and wear my hair (I didn't like full skirts and I HATED short hair - and that was the way my parents thought I should look.) I was also supposed to get straight A's always (I couldn't - I made A's in everything except math and PE, and every report period I got lambasted for that.) My mother resented me and had a terrible temper, and my dad, as a Marine officer, treated me like a Marine corporal. Thankfully, my parents realized that they couldn't produce tailor-made kids, so my two brothers and my sister had a better time of it. But my brothers were expected to go into the Marine Corps like my dad. But neither of them wanted to do that. The older of my two brothers had two MA's, so he got a rather prestigious job in the insurance business, and my youngest brother became an Eastern Orthodox priest. Still, that wasn't good enough. My sister was the only one who was the star of the family, because her swimming relay team made the Olympics.

After I published five books (the tally now is ten) and released three CDs, finally my parents were proud of all of us, But it seemed to be a little too late. Thankfully, my siblings are wonderful, and we're the best of friends. We made a terrific support group!

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