Our expert says:
I suspect that obviously unequal treatment of 2 kids in a family is especially liable to make the neglected one feel neglected and of lower self-esteem, because there is such an obvious contrast in the way the other child is being treated. One's choice, in a sense, is to assume there's something wrong with you ( easy to assume, and alienating from oneself, in a way ) or the bolder and much harder to accomplish theory that there's something wrong with your parents.
And because you're treated as though you're usually wrong and your opinions don't matter, its awfully hard to then be more assertive later in life.
And if your virtues are boring, I wish we could all be bored, like that, far more often !
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