Book Review: The Favorite Child

During her thirty years as a clinical psychologist, Libby treated a number of famous clients, observed the dynamics of countless families and drew some insightful conclusions regarding the long-term effects of being the favorite child and to a lesser degree, the roles played by siblings. Drawing examples from her extended family, the author demonstrates the role of being the favorite child played in the rise and fall of Scooter Libby.

While most parents claim they love all their children equally, children know differently and adapt accordingly. These dynamics can permanently shape a child’s personality resulting in a number of behavioral patterns that follow them through life, sometimes with disastrous results. Candid and thought provoking, this should be required reading for parents, caregivers and professionals dealing with family counseling as it clearly reveals this little appreciated facet of household dynamics. 


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