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Why do we regard an only child as lonely, demanding, spoilt and selfish?

Published 22/05/2013 | 17:00

U.S. President Barack Obama is an only child
U.S. President Barack Obama is an only child
John Lennon
High achieving only child Maria Sharapova

WHAT do Franklin D Roosevelt, Barack Obama, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Maria Sharapova and Natalie Portman have in common – apart from being successful, famous and stars in their fields? They are all only children.

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Before we all go and blame our siblings for stunting our achievements and holding us back in life, rest assured that there are many only children who did not crown themselves in glory – Stalin, for example.

However, instead of being awed by the accomplishments of only children, we have been giving them a very hard time. Throughout history, only children have often been the victims of gratuitous stereotypes and misconceptions.

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