Dec 18, · Sibling rivalry traces its roots back to early childhood when siblings compete with each other for their parents' love and attention. Although it is common to feel threatened by this competition in childhood, it often continues unresolved into adulthood, according to Elizabeth Bernstein, author of "Sibling Rivalry Grows Up." At the same time, sibling relationships are generally the longest lasting. Sep 27, · 3. These are often messy relationships. While two-thirds of the people interviewed for our book, Adult Sibling Relationships, describe some or all of their siblings with affection, others.
Sep 30, · Some siblings will continue to fuel such a rivalry well into adulthood. If this happens in your family, keep the conversation moving forward and . Jan 16, · Childhood rivalries can seep into adult relationships. In many cases, a lingering childhood rivalry sets the rift in motion, said Jeanne Safer, a psychoanalyst specializing in sibling issues and the author of “The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling.”.
Sibling rivalry isn't always outgrown in childhood, however; in some cases, it only intensifies as time passes. While people often think of sibling rivalry as a childhood phenomenon, adult sibling rivalry is a common phenomenon in which adult siblings struggle to get along, argue, or .