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1,167 - Birth Order and Sibling Rivalries

December 25th, 2015

Episode 337 of 489 episodes

I think having lots of brothers and sisters is wonderful, especially during the holiday season. But not everyone agrees, as you’ll learn in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:29 Explanations: 3:34 Fast dialog: 18:09 Nancy: Isn’t this a great time of year? Families get together over the holidays. Yasmani: Maybe it’s nice for some families, but I dread my family get-togethers. Nancy: How come? Yasmani: I have a big family and there has always been a lot of sibling rivalry. Nancy: I’m sure that was true when you were growing up, but you’ve all grown out of it, haven’t you? Yasmani: Not us. The firstborn still thinks he’s in charge, the middle children still act up to get attention, and the baby of the family is still rebellious. Nancy: That’s true in a lot of families. Yasmani: Yes, but when we get together, we compete to show up the others. We brag, argue, and nitpick. It’s rather pathetic, actually. Nancy: How do your parents handle all that? Yasmani: They’ve always left us to our own devices. We just fight it out amongst ourselves. Nancy: So, there’s no loving bond between the siblings. Yasmani: Oh, we love each other, but we compete with other, too. It’s complicated. Nancy: Then I should be glad to be an only child? Yasmani: That’s right. Count your blessings! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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