If you've grown up fighting with your sibling a lot, there is nothing in this world that can break you. Yes, this statement stands true and I am sure sibling rivalries are prevalent in every household, where the younger one is always subjected to the elder one's wrath more often than not.
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Constant bickering with a sibling over anything at all is now considered healthy, and it's just not a reminder of times where you fought to prove a point to your brother or sister. How's that?
Well, accreting to researchers at the University of Cambridge, the fights we have had with our siblings when we were younger are the reasons for our apt and adequate mental and emotional growth as adults.
The research, which concluded five years later, is named 'Toddlers Up' and it also concluded that being in a state of competition with your siblings when you're younger, helps build your social skills better.
Remember when the two of you would just compete to prove who is better at what, to your parents? Well, the younger ones did try a tad too hard to win each and every competition, I am sure.
According to the study, when siblings fight, their verbal delivery is a very important tool to enhance proper mental growth. As long as the fights get resolved in a more objective manner, verbally, there is a healthy chance that both the siblings will have a good hold over their mental growth and their cognizance.
A total of 140 kids were observed during this study, and it was concluded that siblings do have a lot of impact on each other while growing up together, even if they are each other's throat at all times. And, of course, that also determines a healthy boundary between the two siblings, who will also count on each other when they grow older. So maybe all the a*s-kicking you got as a child from your sibling could be the reason you're a balanced person now?
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The study also states that if sibling rivalry crosses over to adulthood, then maybe it hasn't really helped you grow or develop emotionally. But if it's the type of relationship that matures over time and all the differences are put away as you grow older, you will definitely become a better person and, of course, you will always have your sibling to depend on and vice-versa.
Of course, there are sibling rivalries that do get out of hand and they become a lot more potent and toxic and aren't a projection of naivety. That is something that needs intervention at the right time. But if you have healthy fights with your siblings or have had them while growing up, rest assured you're a good person, emotionally and are mentally sound!