31    Jan 20130 comments

Super Bowl: Family parties, rivalry

I remember my family’s Super Bowl parties.

I can still taste the delicious chicken wings my dad would make and I have fond memories of our family coming together to watch the game.

This Sunday - the 47th Super Bowl - sees the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

Whether we're watching the game for the Super Bowl commercials or rooting for our favorite team, it’s a great opportunity for family to enjoy the game together.

Families are often divided in their loyalties to different teams; my family was the same. My cousin would root for one team and my uncle would support the other. Friendly rivalry, of course, although I do remember my team winning quite often!

This Sunday’s Super Bowl is making history with its own sibling rivalry.

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8    Aug 20121 comment

Family: Dealing with sibling rivalry

Since Cain and Abel, sibling rivalry has been an age-old problem.

The term "sibling rivalry" was coined by David Levy in 1937 in relation to the common aggressive response of an older sibling to a new baby in the family. It is also used to describe competition or antagonism between children of the same parents.

It has various causes. Freud thought it was connected to the Oedipus complex whereby sibling brothers would compete for their mother's love, or between sisters for their father's attention.

Kyla Boyse from the University of Michigan suggests it stems from a child's need to define himself or herself as an individual and to separate from a sibling.

Alfred Adler proposes that sibling rivalry is based on siblings "striving for significance" within their family.

Most psychologists believe that it stems from an innate desire to attain parental attention achieved through competing with the sibling.

Whatever the cause, the manifestation can be ugly.

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