A father of my acquaintance explains how one of his sons now verging on 40 zings him at the slightest opportunity, while he gets along admirably with the other. "Although No. 1 Son denies it as hatred, it's a devastating subconscious condition," he states, "undoubtedly brought about in early life with the birth of No. 2, when I seemed partial to the newborn, chastising my firstborn repeatedly whenever he exhibited acts of jealousy
"So today he manifests his buried rage as a resentment in reaction to nearly anything I say with which he disagrees in the slightest." My friend goes on to bewail his offspring's attitude, concluding, "It's the single biggest regret of my entire life that I didn't better relate to him as a toddler"
Father-son friction so often encountered as the subject of psychotherapy, is probably one of the most common mental impairments in the family. Less seldom discussed, Diana, the mother-daughter relationship might suffer from similar cause