DEAR DEIDRE: EVEN though my younger brother is now rich in his own right, my parents give him money while I get nothing.
I’m 32, he’s 30 and they have always preferred him. It’s been like this ever since we were kids.
He is taller and better-looking than me, smarter and can do no wrong in their eyes. Meanwhile, nothing I do or say is good enough.
I’ve had enough of being second best. I’m sure this is why I have no confidence and never really achieved anything in my life.
My parents think I am jealous of my brother’s success and deny that he is their favourite. Yet they always side with him.
Sometimes I feel like divorcing the family and starting again on my own.
DEIDRE SAYS: Parents often do not see they are favouring one child over another – or how hurtful that is.
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