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Being an Only Child

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Angela Kaczun

on 25 February 2013

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Angela Kaczun Only Child Syndrome Basis Of Why Only
Children Are Stereotyped
The Way They Are Positives and
Negatives • Now, onto the actual stereotypes or personality
traits seen in only children, positive and negative. Careers Basically, only children are often mature
for their age, since they've grown up
spending a lot of their solo time with their
parents. They tend to be observant of others but
also self aware, since they didn't have to worry
about any one else as they were children. An only
child has a higher tendency toward working in
technical and health-related fields and protective
services. They are also more likely to earn six
figures and hold a C-level position. However,
they are less likely to actually like
their jobs than workers with
siblings. Only children are similar to firstborns in
that they are motivated to conform to
parental expectations. They are also
achievement-oriented, successful in school and
have problems delegating work. Research shows
they are more confident, articulate and imaginative
than other children. They also hate criticism and
tend to be perfectionists. This isn't the case for
all only children, but these are some of the
more common traits that even the opposite
sides of only child syndrome tend to
share. • Basically, being an only child means that you're the
"one shot" at parenting.
• Parents are a lot more susceptible to focus all of their attention onto the child, whether it be positive or
• Only children tend to be powerfully parented. They're constantly receiving full judgement, approval--only
children are seen to have high self esteem, or low self
esteem. They get the compliments, but they also can
get all of the criticisms.
• They grow up without siblings, all of the
scrutiny is essentially on them. Positive Negative • Only children tend to be quite self
conscious with a need for privacy,
since they were the sole focus of their
parents' attention.
• Hard on themselves when things go
• Some are spoiled, since they're the
ones with all of the attention.
• Highly controlling • Sometimes, only children feel a sense of extreme responsibility
for their parents, since they're the ones who are around to
take care of them. • Only children are persistent and
strong willed.
• They're responsible, most can
be quite independent.
• Big imagination, had to entertain
themselves. • Only children tend to be more comfortable in the presence of an adult rather than children their
own age, since they grew up mainly
with their parents. Interviews • I interviewed Shannon Duffy, Ms. Sica, and Ms. O'Hare. I found that the answers were mostly similar. To the question of relationship with parents, all three said that there was a close relation- ship. It was "fine." All three said that the best part of being an only, was the fact that all of
the attention didn't had to be shared. Shannon
talked about not having to deal with siblings.
The worst, however, was that it was really
lonely as a kid. There wasn't anyone to
play with at a moments notice
when they were children. They all said that they related to the "bossy" trait, in the sense that they wanted things to be done their way, if they
could do it themselves. Shannon admitted to being a little bit more on
the spoiled side, because she was
able to get most of what she wanted
as a kid, since there was no
competition for things. Everyone said that they valued their independence. she would like siblings, and as her
situation is, she does like having
the step-siblings in her life. Ms.
Sica and Shannon said that as a
child, they probably would have
liked someone to play with,
but they wouldn't Ms. O'Hare ended up saying that change. Opposites • Only children can be split "down the middle" when it comes to personalities. Examples could be seen in Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Draco was
far more dependent and spoiled, using
his father as a means of getting what
ever he wanted. Hermione was more
dependent, doing everything
she could to see capable
and responsible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9RhX3lRJQMg#t=47s Is an ONLY child...
a LONELY child? http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Loneliness-As-an-Only-Child
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