Do sisters fight more than brothers?

Jeffrey Kluger, Science Journalist and Author, explains the differences in the types of fighting typically done between brothers and between sisters
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Do sisters fight more than brothers?

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Sisters tend to be more verbally abusive with each other than brothers are. Now this comes from a very good part of the girl temperament, which is girls tend to be more open and more disclosing with siblings and with other people around them than boys are. It's a great way to get your feelings out. It's a great way to process anxieties. The problem is when girls, when sisters share these kinds of intimacies and disclosures with each other, it can then be used against them in a later argument. If you expose your weak spots, you can be teased about it later on. Boys fight no less, they fight no less, they bully no less than girls do. But simply because of their hormonal and genetic hard wiring, they are more inclined to process it through physical fighting. That's how the competition plays out. That's how hostilities get resolved much more commonly with boys.

Jeffrey Kluger, Science Journalist and Author, explains the differences in the types of fighting typically done between brothers and between sisters

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Jeffrey Kluger

Science Journalist & Author

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine, covering science, health and other fields. He is the coauthor, along with astronaut Jim Lovell, of Apollo 13, the book that served as the basis of the 1995 movie. His more-recent release, Splendid Solution, told the story of Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine.  His novel, Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats, was published in June 2007, and his newest nonfiction book, Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex, was published in June 2008.

Before coming to Time, Kluger worked for Discover magazine, where he was a senior editor and humor columnist. Prior to that, he was health editor at Family Circle magazine, story editor at The New York Times Business World Magazine, and Associate Editor at Science Digest magazine. His features and columns have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Gentlemen's Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Omni, McCall's, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Newsday, and, of course, Time. He has worked as an adjunct instructor in the graduate journalism program at New York University; is a licensed—though non-practicing—attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife Alejandra and their daughters, Elisa and Paloma.

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