What is favoritism? Favoritism in simple, is the intentional or unintentional preferential treatment of an individual or group of persons. Parents who favor one child over another, are subscribing to the notion that one child is better behaved, more attractive, similar in personality to the favoring parent, or they have preferred kinship.
Favoritism is commonly associated with a bond that develops between the child and the parent. Moreover, the favoring parent may have a guilt, remorse, or negative emotion associated with the unfavored child. In some cases, a detachment occurs because of some major traumatic event or a major life challenge. Such cases can breach the bond between the parent and child. If a child is conceived unexpectedly or without a desire, the parent may withdraw emotionally, cognitively, and physically from the child. Children who are born with physical birth defects, psychological or psychiatric challenges, or a comorbidity of issues simultaneously, can prove burdensome to the oppositional or unattached parent.
Favoritism is not always intentional. Favoritism can occur when a child favors or resembles a parent whether physically or through a particular personality style. Moreover, favoritism is not always related to a resemblance of a parental figure, rather it is a fondness established between a parent and a child. In some cases, if a child is too much alike the parental figure, then this too may cause a rift between the parent and child. The parent may ultimately see qualities in the child that they dislike or distain. The heart of the matter is such parents want ease and comfortability.
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