Here's how a person's birth order can shape their personality
Have you ever wondered that maybe the way you are shaped as an individual is because of the order in which you were born? And by that we mean if you are the first, second, last born or the only child. For a very long time now, longer than we can imagine, theories like this have always surprised us. Has humans, we are always looking for some kind of clarity, and it matters, even more, when it’s someone else’s perspective. The birth order theory began in the late 1920s with Alfred Adler.
This theory is believed to be linked to the personality and IQ of a person, but not all researchers agree to it. Researchers from the University of Leipzig and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany did a study on more than 20,000 adults from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. They compared siblings from within the same family and people with the same birth order from different families.
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They came to the conclusion that “firstborns score higher on objectively measured intelligence and additionally found a similar effect on self-reported intellect” but “found no birth-order effects on extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, or imagination.” Which means that first borns are more likely to be smarter and emotionally stable.
In 2010, Ph.D. student Joshua K. Hartshorne, explains in an article that most of these studies are not exactly accurate because important social factors like ethnicity, education, and wealth are not taken into consideration. He also added that researchers don’t understand that family size is important. In fact, the older siblings are more intelligent because there’s proof that 21 of the first 23 astronauts who went into space were first borns.
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What is even more, interesting, is that Hartshorne believes that firstborns are most likely to marry firstborns, middle borns marry middle borns, last borns marry last borns, and only children marry only children. This is only more proof that a person's personality is closely linked with their birth order because people tend to be attracted to people of similar personalities. However, that is not the case all the time.
The oldest child
The first-born child, according to Adler, can be old-fashioned, power-oriented, and be susceptible to leadership. Being the oldest, they take responsibility for their younger siblings. They grow up to be caring, more like to become parents, and take initiative. These are very obvious traits seen in most older children, when they are young and when they get older.
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The middle child
The second or the middle child finds it difficult to keep up with their older sibling. The expectations are much higher. They are likely to be very ambitious but is almost never self-centered. They set unreasonably high goals to keep up with their expectations, but this actually leads to more failures. But learning from their mistakes is what makes them stronger.
The youngest child
The last-born or the youngest child gets a lot of care and attention from everyone in the family. Which makes them less experienced and is more dependent. But the good thing is, they are more motivated to over succeed their older siblings. Believe it or not, they’ll be better in what they do than their siblings. They are the creative ones and likely to become athletes, musicians, or talented artists. They are also very sociable, but they can be irresponsible.
The only child
Since they don’t have any siblings, they compete with their parents. They are spoilt by their parents, so they expect pampering from others too and that includes at school, work, relationships, etc. They are dependent and self-centered. They often have a hard time being social. They grow up to become perfectionists, but they will achieve all their goals. There’s no one to compete with, so it makes it easy.
Even if birth order may have an impact on a person’s personality or intelligence, it is very important to take into consideration the relationships between the child/children and their parents and their upbringing at home, as it also plays a crucial role in shaping them as individuals and give them their own sense of identity. What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know in the comments!