Monday, February 19, 2018
Rachel Maddow Her Birth Order: A Study In Sibling Rivalry
Rachel Maddow, Television host, writer and political
commentator is seen almost every night on MSNBC
TV. Maddow became the first openly gay anchor to
host a major prime-time news program in the United
States. She was born in Castro Valley California
April 1, 1973. He father was a former United States
Air force captain currently a lawyer. Her mother was
a school program administrator. She has an older brother.
Sibling Rivalry is seen primarily as the competition between
the first two siblings. It’s not a new concept as it was
discussed in the bible between siblings Cain and Able. The
gender of the siblings can modify and color the struggle for
power for the number one position. The effects of this rivalry
can last a lifetime. The firstborn is usually the student and
the second born the athlete. Dethroning occurs if the second
born becomes the better student as they already are the better
athlete. The firstborn will then drop out as they now have
nothing to make them special. The reverse is also true where
the firstborn is both the student and athlete. Then the second
born may drop out as he has been “kept in line” by the older
sibling. Sometimes it appears there is no rivalry at all. Not
true, the two siblings may feel secure in their positions or are
afraid to challenge the other. The sibling rivalry relationship
is fluid and he can arise later in life if one of the siblings
perceives a weakness in the other.
Rachel and Her Brother
Rachel was born in 4-1-1973, three years nine months younger
than her brother David born 7-11-69. In high school Rachel
played basketball, volleyball and was a swimmer. David said
the two of them didn’t have an easy childhood. It has been
reported that Rachel use to wear his clothes. As a teenager
she would beat him up although she was three years younger.
She used to tell his girlfriends that she was more of a man
then him. He states that he really found it hard to find his own
identity. Rachel was so focused on his dethroning that early
on it looks like she was trying to change her gender identity.
There is no doubt that Rachel took the education prize
from her brother. She graduated at the top of her high-
school class and gave the commencement speech veering
from the script and shocking the school administrators.
She went on to Stanford University and was a recipient
of a Rhodes Scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford.
This is where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in
Politics. David went to the University of California
David is single living in San Francisco in 2017. A story
is told that his life changed the day his Uncle Bert gave
him a gun for Christmas while he was still in college.
He said that was the last time Rachel beat him up, it
changed his life. His father says that David has had a
hard time finding out what he wants to do but is a really
good kid. Rachel is openly gay having been outed in
college. Her life partner is Susan Mikula an artist. Their
first date was at a National Rifle Association event.
Sibling rivalry never ends.
Rachel shows us what can happen when Sibling rivalry
goes to extremes. Gender identity can be part of the
dethroning process. When a younger sibling moves up to
the firstborn position they then have to take on the
responsibilities of the firstborn. This is the unforeseen
issue with successful dethroning.
For more information about birth orders and sibling rivalry
you can find it in my book Life’s Fingerprint: How Birth
Order Affects Your Path Throughout Life. Or go to my
website www.lifesfingerprint.com . The book is also
available as an Audio Book. If you contact me I will
send you a code to download the book Free.