The Sad Truth About Adult Sibling Rivalry Of all the relationships a person has during the course of a lifetime, its the one with a sibling or siblings that spans the longest number of . It is said that adulthood turns rivalry into envy: If someone is envious of what you have accomplished, that says a lot about their own self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. If a sibling .
While people often think of sibling rivalry as a childhood phenomenon, adult sibling rivalry is a common phenomenon in which adult siblings struggle to get along, argue, or are even estranged from one another. In situations in which adult siblings are continually at one another's throats, the conflicts have often been significantly influenced, either openly or covertly, by the behavior of one or both of.
Childhood rivalries can seep into adult relationships. In many cases, a lingering childhood rivalry sets the rift in motion, said Jeanne Safer, a psychoanalyst specializing in sibling issues and the author of “The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling.”. Adult Sibling Rivalry Sibling rivalry often lingers through adulthood. By Jane Mersky Leder published January 1, - last reviewed on June 9, The .