Essay about The Various Theories of Being an Only Child

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The Various Theories of Being an Only Child This paper is going to show two of the various theories of being an only child. These theories come from a famous psychologist known as Burrhus Frederic Skinner and a psychology major at Northwestern University known as Alissa D. Eischens. But first it will mention the stereotypes given to the “only child” from an outsider’s point of view, then two cases that describe different childhood experiences that they had as an “only child” and how they dealt with it. Then it will go on and discuss a few statistics. The only child is automatically judged by people. We assume that their selfish, anxious, not fun to be associated with, difficult when it comes to making their way in a world that…show more content…
The attention from both parents was greatly appreciated and he turned out very successful. When there were hard times in his family, he confided in an aunt, uncle, or cousin. Anything that he needed, his parents supplied him with. He was taught great morals and values and learned sharing and other social interactions through cousins and the neighborhood children. He did state that yes some people judged him automatically as being spoiled and self-centered, but he gave those people an opportunity to meet the real him and realize how down to earth he really is. As he got older he said that he thought he was pretty popular, evolved in sports and all of the extracurricular activities. He knows that he had an advantage to join those because he had two devoted parents that directed their time to him. Other children had to compromise with the brothers or sisters schedules, not just theirs. (Dr. Nina Asher. Only Child Enterprises) In most cases the only child is often male and not female. This first statistic is not based on an actual count, but taken from numerous therapists and psychiatrists that have talked to hundreds and thousands of couples. Both the mother and the father strive for a son who will carry out the family name. If the first child that is born is a girl, they will try again. But if the first child is a boy, they’ll most likely stop there. One psychiatrist stated that in her whole lifetime, she has never had a patient that was a woman and an only
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