Or rather, why do so many experts believe it does? Some say that a second-born of a different gender is like another firstborn. There are millions of caveats, which is exactly why birth order theory is so hard to prove.
Methods are everything in studies of birth order and personality. A lot of early studies have proven ill-constructed. There was the study that found a disproportionate number of firstborns in Congress, for example.
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Or the one in that said 21 out of 23 astronauts were elder siblings. But Dr. Take, for instance, family size. Hartshorn points out there are many reasons that family size could affect our predilections and personalities.
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More children mean that parental resources money, time and attention have to be spread more thinly. Perhaps more telling, family size is associated with many important social factors, such as ethnicity, education and wealth. And a study in — of which Dr. Firstborns are more likely to associate with firstborns, middle-borns with middle-borns, last-borns with last-borns, and only children with only children.
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Despite being around for a while, birth order theory is clearly still in its infancy. Validity notwithstanding, I see the appeal.
I, too, want to latch on. Middle children are said to be more emotionally stable and sociable though they may not be as driven as first-born siblings. Middle children are usually the mediators in any sibling rows and this can help them as they negotiate their way through their working life and through other relationships.
Due to the fact that they had to fit in with other siblings and had less time with their parents, middle children can sometimes agree too easily to others demands and fail to follow through on their own needs and desires.
Middle-borns can usually get along with anyone — this could be their downfall though. First-borns could tend to take over decision-making in a relationship and last-borns can depend too much on their middle child partner to take care of things. A union with another middle child can work well — each partner will be easy going with the other. Famous middle children. It can take them a while to finally grow up if their parents have kept them in the baby role of the family.
As the last child, parents can sometimes unconsciously want to keep them in this role and therefore not give them enough responsibility or credit for what they can achieve. Parents tend to loosen the discipline reins when it comes to their last born child — in spite of this, the youngest child can still be a bit of a rebel. With a strong creative spark, last-borns have the benefit of older siblings around them.
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Last-borns are risk takers and natural entertainers. They are also disorganised and are likely to have self-esteem issues. Two last-borns in a relationship will get along famously but may live in a chaotic house! A last-born with a middle child or only child is also considered a good match as their differences will complement each other. Famous last borns. Only child. Typically, only children are thought to be extremely mature and can take on a lot of responsibility.
There is a perception that only children may be lonely but obviously they do form friendships at school and at play.
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Only children do well academically and usually feel secure in themselves. Linda Blair says that only children tend to be perfectionists, find it difficult to tolerate disorder and can feel uneasy when socialising with others. A study in the US has suggested that the best match for an only child is with a last-born child. The only child will bring a sense of order and maturity to the relationship and the last-born will balance this with spontaneity and creativity. Famous only children.
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