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Fighting with your siblings makes you a better person – study

Are you and your siblings constantly arguing and bickering over one thing or another? If the answer is yes, you are probably a good person or in the process of becoming a better person.

A study carried out by the University of Cambridge shows that a healthy dose of sibling rivalry could be beneficial for mental and emotional development as well as improve social skills.

The research, called ‘Toddlers Up’, took five years to conclude, and studied children between the ages of 2-6 years.

Psychologist Dr Claire Hughes, the Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge’s prestigious Centre for Family Research, told The Guardian that parents should not force their children to make friends as arguments are healthy.

“The more combative siblings are, and the more they argue and the older child puts the younger one down, the more they are learning complex lessons about communication and the subtleties of language.

“The more the children upset each other, the more they learn about regulating their emotions and how they can affect the emotions of others.

“The more they point-score, the more it can motivate them to achieve,” she said.

However, sibling rivalry should not escalate to levels of severe violence as too much of it could lead to behavioural issues later in life such as a child becoming a bully.

If your sibling gets on your last nerve, he/she is probably training you to become a better person in future.

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