Blog log 2
Do siblings make us more empathetic?
Does having siblings make you more empathetic? That is what the author of the article suggests when she writes about the influence that younger and older siblings have on each other. What interested me about this article, is that having a sibling usually means fights, yelling, arguments, and other difficulties relating to patience and understanding each other’s perspectives. This is why it is so surprising to hear that having brothers or sisters can actually make you kinder, more respectful, and understanding than you would otherwise be. As well as the author revealing her own thoughts about how younger siblings can also impact and influence their older siblings. Not just the other way around. I admire the authors writing because she brings up very good points about the topic, and is clearly very knowledgeable about what she’s writing about. As well as providing the proper research she discovered to understand more about the way siblings are influenced by each other. This is similar to my life because I have a younger sister who I am constantly around. My sister and I have times when we get along, but also times when we can’t stop arguing. This makes me wonder, if having a sibling makes us more empathetic and kind than we might have been as an only child, does it also make us more impatient? I am curious about this because siblings seem to be more ill-tempered with each other from time to time in common television shows and literature, as well as everyday life. Does having siblings also develop negative traits as well as positive? Raising children isn’t only the parent’s responsibility, it is up to the other children to help raise their siblings, explains the author. Having a sibling is sometimes difficult, but they help you develop the important traits you will need to succeed later in life.