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Book Review: The Favorite Child

By Sandy Amazeen Apr 2, 2010, 20:30 GMT

Book Review: The Favorite Child

For over thirty years veteran clinical psychologist Ellen Weber Libby has been helping successful, often-powerful Clients in Washington, DC - a place known for its outsized personalities - deal with their personal problems. One pattern that has emerged out of some 60,000 hours of therapy is what she calls \'the favourite child complex\'. In this groundbreaking book, she describes in intimate detail how being the favourite child can confer both ...more

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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