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Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! When You're The Middle Child

12 Aug 2017

Are you the middle child? When you're stuck in-between siblings, here's how to tell if 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia' syndrome is real.


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You may remember this scene from the ultimate family TV show The Brady Bunch (1969-1974), when younger sister Jan complains to her parents that it's all about 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia'. Sound familiar?

'Middle Child Syndrome', otherwise called 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Syndrome', refers to the significant impact of a family's particular birth order on the emotional wellbeing of the middle child.


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You're not the "favourite" child, you're not the baby, you're simply - the middle child. And there's only room for one superstar, which you've already convinced yourself, will never be you.

You feel left out, ignored or often forgotten. You find it incredibly difficult to be understood, and as you try to make yourself noticed, you're often left feeling inadequate. Where Middle Child Syndrome is clearly present, sibling rivalry is bound to occur, as the aftermath of parents unable to equally divide their attention.

There was a time when you used to compete for your parent's attention, but somewhere along the way, most likely following adolescence, you figured it wasn't worth the drama.


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While the middle child may experience feelings of isolation, there are many personal benefits to come at a later stage in life.

One of the perks of being the wallflower in the family, is that you develop a greater awareness as to what's happening in the lives of those around you. As a middle child grows into the "middle" adult, a recent study published in Psychology Today, suggests they become the most empathetic of their siblings.

Now as adults, they're often referred to as the glue, or the peacemakers in every family, having had years of experience stuck in the middle; they become the ones who know how to mediate or calm down a situation.

If you also happen to be the quieter one in the family, a great way to express your inner frustration is to write how you feel. Choose from a stunning collection of notebooks at Port Adelaide Paper Shop, open 6 days a week.

Stuck In The Middle With You!