By Deepa Thomas
Are you an attention-seeker? Prone to preconceived notions? Confused about your identity? Well, if you’re a middle child, I’m just going to blindly attribute all these problems to that regardless of the other issues in your life.
You are a victim of Middle Child Syndrome.
They don’t make a ‘syndrome’ out of just about anything (refer to Fish Odor Syndrome), so this is serious. Pay attention.
Middle Child Syndrome (MCS) is the feeling of exclusion by middle children. The older child usually gets all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being the first-born while the youngest one just gets spoiled silly.
This leaves the middle child in a state of in-betweenness – not grown-up enough for responsibilities, not cute enough to get pampered. In some cases, this leads to devising attention-seeking strategies at a young age.
Growing up, they usually have to work harder to make an identity of their own, breaking out of the ready-made one provided by the older sibling while trying to be a role model for the younger one.
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What better way to reinforce this mostly fictitious syndrome than by citing examples from some fictional characters in literature?