Ellen Weber Libby, PhD

Author/psychologist Ellen Weber Libby covers all aspects of parental favoritism in THE FAVORITE CHILD, detailing how family attitudes affect children's emotional balance and ultimately lay the groundwork for their success or failure in life.


For more than thirty-five years, veteran clinical psychologist Ellen Weber Libby has been helping successful, often powerful clients in Washington, DC—a place known for its outsized personalities—deal with their personal problems. One pattern that has emerged out of some 60,000 hours of therapy is what she calls “the favorite child complex.” In this groundbreaking book, she describes in intimate detail how being the favorite child can confer both great advantages and also significant emotional handicaps.


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February 1, 2010