Podcast: Why Do Siblings Have Rivalries?

by Robert Meyers

August 23, 2016

Check out episode 24 of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

Molly & John Knefel

Molly and John Knefel are co-hosts of the Radio Dispatch podcast

If you are into podcasts, you might recognize the voices of Molly and John Knefel, sister and brother co-hosts of the daily podcast Radio Dispatch.

After experiencing their own childhood drama, they wondered why this rivalry happens. We called Naomi White, Ph.D. at Cambridge University — expert in sibling conflict. She knows why kids behave differently when mom’s are in the room and when they are not.

Siblings John and Molly Knefel

John and Molly Knefel growing up in Iowa

Dr. White finds that the competition for attention and resources underlines the conflict, but there are certain cultural differences that affect how we mix it up at home. After hearing about the relatively new study of sibling relationships, Molly sees it as a friendship from which there is no hope of escape. Turns out there are some good life lessons to be learned by kids working the problems out for themselves.

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By Robert Meyers

Robert Meyers is a senior photo editor at Greenpeace USA.

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