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Cain presented an offering to the Lord from the lands crops while Abel presented his flocks oldest offspringThe Lord looked favorably on Abel and his sacrifice but didnt look favorably on Cain and his sacrifice Cain became very angry and looked resentful The Lord said to Cain Why are you angry and why do you look so resentful Common English Bible Genesis 43-6 This biblical story may have been the first instance of favouritism in the world but it is not the last The theme of favouritism repeats itself thought out the bible in the story of Jacob and Esau and the story of Joseph and his twelve brothers In the story of Cain and Abel just like in the other bible stories mentioned and in life in general one person was give favour while the other grew resentful for not receiving that same favour The effects of favouritism are much more far reaching than a few bouts of anger and jealousy These effects are often psychological and are often found through interactions between individuals who feel favoured and those who feel unfavoured or disfavoured Favouritism in the family has many psychological effects both on the individual and the family such as resentment sibling rivalry and low self-esteem Favouritism can also cause feelings of guilt and jealousy which is observe in both the sibling relationships of Charles and Adam and again between Cal and AronBefore looking at the individual effects of favouritism it is important to see the effects of it as a whole First it is important to understand what the term favouritism is referring to in this document Schachter and Stone define favouritism in Mommy and Daddy like you better perceived family favouritism in the relation to affect adjustment and family process by stating Favouritism is a family process in which parents treat or are to treat one or some of their children more positively than they do their other children
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