Only Child Syndrome: Brats, Myths and Little Emperors


A woman and child cross a bridge in Fuzhou, China. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

What sort of behavior, personality and life can we expect from an only child? A lot of cultural expectations persist about the singleton, from the spoiled Veruca Salt of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to the “little emperors” who rose up in the wake of China’s One Child Policy. But what’s the truth of the matter? Robert and Christian explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Topics in this Podcast: China, psychology, children