chapter  3
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Family Dynamics: The Dance of Adaptation

Psychological theories and models of psychotherapy have consistently emphasized the importance of parent-child interaction in the understanding of personality development. However, with some rare exceptions, most models have overlooked the tremendous impact of sibling relationships throughout the many phases of the life cycle. Sibling experiences are the original learning laboratory for self-growth while sharing resources of love, attention, and discipline from parents. While parental influence and societal expectations of gender and birth order play key roles in how one self gets defined, there are key connections to their identity formation within their sibling bonds. Siblings appear to share emotional space, dividing up the psychological territory of who they are and what they believe, much as they share the physical space within the home. As the session wound down the brothers spontaneously hugged one another. The chapter describes the frequent sessions to talk together and build on the strengths of the sibling bond.