Most people talk about their parents in therapy and eventually understand their importance in shaping their current views of the world and of themselves. But many people don’t understand the importance of their siblings. In most cases the developmental impact of siblings is not as weighty as the impact of parents, but in many cases siblings are just as important: the older brother who was the center of the universe, while you were simply one of a million stars; the younger sister who was “the smart one” while you were “the cute one.” Our position in our family constellation has a lifelong impact—usually an unconscious one.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about sibling relationships because I have a sister and a brother. I wrote an article about another aspect of sibling relationships for thirdage.com.
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