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The Favorite Child Paperback – January 26, 2010
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—Robert A. Gross, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor
of Early American History, University of Connecticut
"Dr. Libby’s illuminating exploration and her understanding of the profound and complex issues of being a favorite child challenge us all to be more thoughtful and aware of our impact on a child’s eventual character, expectations, and performance in the world. Powerful and provocative, this is a must read."
—Ellen Schiff, PhD, psychologist in private practice, Bethesda, MD
About the Author
of clinical director of a mental health center serving a three-county region and service on the faculty at
the University of Maryland where she had significant responsibility for clinical training
of students. Dr. Libby writes a blog for Psychology Today called "The Favorite Child": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-favorite-child
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Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Jane R. Snider
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Libby asserts that the favorite child complex is a pattern within families, passed down through the generations. Libby explains that favoritism is conscious and unconscious and every family member is involved. Of course, family dynamics also impact how the complex will affect the child(ren) being raised. The impacts (positive and negative) of family favoritism can be profound and play out throughout our lifetimes, from childhood through death, personally and professionally. The favoritism can be fixed permanently on one child, or fluid, rotating among the children in the family.
In The Favorite Child, Libby shares case studies with her readers, helping them to understand how the personality of a child can develop as a fixed or fluid favorite within the family. She examines both the negative and positive impacts of being the favorite through many scenarios and developmental stages. Parents should be aware of the favorite child complex. It will give them an insightful perspective on parenting, which is always helpful.
by Judy Miller
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is specifically about favoritism in families but it also contains a lot of other insight into family dynamics and how children are shaped by the needs and behaviors of... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by techie
Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.
This is an excellent book. The reason I picked it up is simply because I felt I fit into her category (a favorite child). Read more
I loved this book! I found it at our local library, and could not put it down. Ellen Libby is a counselor in the DC area, and the sister-in-law of Scooter Libby, and she writes... Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by annesailorgirl
No one likes being second best. "The Favorite Child: How a Favorite Impacts Every Family Member for Life" looks into a commonly occurring phenomena in families and how it can have... Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Midwest Book Review