Alone

but not lonely?

CLEO (Singapore) - - CANMAKE SPECIAL -

Stud­ies have shown that chil­dren who grow up with sib­lings tend to have many ad­van­tages over those with­out. But does that mean only chil­dren have it bad? Not nec­es­sar­ily. In an ar­ti­cle for Psy­chol­ogy To­day, psy­chol­o­gist Carl E Pick­hardt says only chil­dren can take greater joy in non-sib­ling re­la­tion­ships, like with their par­ents and other adults. “It is this sense of part­ner­ship with par­ents and so­cial in­clu­sion in their world that cre­ates a pri­mary friend­ship that is pow­er­fully in­flu­en­tial as the child quickly im­i­tates their older ways, be­comes ver­bally and so­cially pre­co­cious, de­vel­op­ing adult-like char­ac­ter­is­tics at an early age,” he says. Says Ann, who is an only child: “I have al­ways been quite happy even as a young child to be on my own. There were times when I felt like it would have been nice to have a play­mate, but then I just played with my neigh­bours in­stead!”

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