Favoritism in the Family – Daddy’s Baby


In a given community, at some point, members  of said community would come into conflict. These conflicts can be a result of any things, including a claim to property, rumors and gossip that escalate, among others. It is usually up to governing bodies to determine if there is a reason for said conflict, and if justice is to be carried out on behalf of the afflicted. Like any community, members of a family may come into such conflicts. While more trivial than the conflicts of a village or township, it is up to the governing body (the parents) to determine a source of conflict between its ordinary members (the children) and how it can be solved.  Favoritism in the Family is an important factor leading to a number of conflicts within this community.


Over the past 26 years, the observed family has been blessed with three children. T1 – First born, First Daughter; T2  –  Second born, Second Daughter; T3 – Third born,  First Son. And over this period of time, T2 and T3 have come to the conclusion that T1 is the favorite child, with preferential treatment of T1 by the parents P1 and P2. This conclusion is a direct result of several tests completed, where different actions carried out by either T2 or T3 resulted in negative responses from P1 and P2. While observing these results and analyzing these tests, it can be concluded that more work is to be done to come to a more accurate and definite result. Using the same family as in the original studies, further testing will be done to obtain this definite conclusion.


Based on the results of past tests, it is easy to some to the conclusion that T1 – the First born and First Daughter – is the preferred child – Daddy’s Baby. However,the intent of this study is to show that this conclusion is a result of incomplete testing. T1 is not the favorite. A more accurate analysis of the past studies, is that the request by T2 and the pushing by T3 helped cause the positive reaction toward T1 by P1, because all three catalysts (T1, T2, T3) asked, agreeing that all three could benefit from the request’s fulfillment.

Proposed Tests and Considerations 

In these studies, P1 and P2 will be observed individually for their reactions to catalysts T1, T2, and T3.

  1. In the first round of testing, each one of these catalysts will act similarly toward the subjects.
  2. In the second, each catalyst  will ask a favor of the subjects.
  3. In the third round, each catalyst will ask the subjects to buy a trivial item that the catalysts do not need.

The reaction in each of these situations toward each of the catalysts will be recorded for further study.

Considerations for these tests include the following:

  1. Each catalyst has one chance per round with each subject. Each catalyst has a total of 6 rounds – 3 rounds per subject
  2. One catalyst can initiate a round of testing on the subjects. One round of testing per day.
  3. The attitude of the catalysts must be the same toward each of the subjects. i.e. If one catalyst is disagreeable to one subject, each catalyst must be disagreeable  toward both subjects.
  4. The favor asked, must be the same toward both subjects.



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