As I travel the country lecturing on the merits of a close sibling bond, I am often asked about the consequences of being an only child.Not wanting to be offensive I usually respond with a socially mindful answer highlighting the many achievements of only children.

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We didn’t grow up having to share and are therefore not very good at it.

Three of my closest friends are also only children. Regarding those three close friends, I feel very strongly that they are all much more stereotypical “only children” than I am.

It’s not their fault, we are all they have, so it is only natural that they would become a little controlling.

Unless we marry into such a situation, we will never have a little niece or nephew to spoil.

Without the existence of a built-in familial playmate, we had to find other ways to occupy our time and add some people, albeit imaginary, into the cast of characters in our lives.

In much the same way that a visit to the country is an exciting and novel adventure for a city dweller, observing the dynamics and inner-workings of a large family is enjoyable for only children.

While this may seem like extremely anti-social behavior, I simply enjoyed having people in the background that I didn’t need to directly interact with.

As the majority of our interactions outside of school are with adults, we tend to be a little more mature than our peers and, as such, we act older than our age.

Don’t get me wrong, we like to win just like anyone else, we just typically prefer non-competitive activities. Lifehack's mission is to help you make enormous gains with the limited time you have.