The Favorite Child Summary

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In “The Favorite Child” by Ellen Weber Libby, the author shows how favoritism can have a negative effect on the favored child as well as the unfavored child. Throughout the essay, Libby explains how parents favoring one child over another can result in both the favored and unfavored child experiencing depression in their life. There are many ways that favoritism can impact the unfavored child in a negative way. First off, the unfavored children have never received affirmation from their parents so they often live their lives looking for validation. They grow up insecure and don't feel that they are lovable. Secondly, they have a hard time developing intimacy and opening up their hearts to others because when they are young they develop defenses

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