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What Does Your Birth Order Say About You?

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What Does Your Birth Order Say About You?

By Education.com, DivineCaroline

Does birth order shape our personalities? Scientists the world over have spent countless words and oceans of ink debating the issue of nature versus nurture. But how your child develops might have as much to do with the order in which they were born, as it does with their genes or environment.

Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud and Jung, first put forth the idea, claiming that when a child is born deeply impacts their personality. According to Adler:

Eldest children are socially dominant, highly intellectual, and extremely conscientious. Unfortunately, they’re also less open to new ideas, and prone to perfectionism and people pleasing—the result of losing both parents’ undivided attention at an early age, and working throughout their lives to get it back.
Middle children, sandwiched between older and younger siblings, often develop a competitive nature, making them natural entrepreneurs later in life. They tend to be the most diplomatic and flexible members of the family and often, eager for parental praise, develop musical or academic gifts.

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At DivineCaroline.com, women come together to learn from experts in the fields, of health, sustainability, and culture; to reflect on shared experiences; and to express themselves by writing and publishing stories about anything that matters to them. Here, real women publish like real pros. Together, with our staff writers, they’re discussing all facets of women’s lives from relationships and careers, to travel and healthy living. So come discover, read, learn, laugh and connect at DivineCaroline.com.

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9:08AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Too general I believe, but there is a point...

9:04AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks.

3:20AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

The world would be a much better place without middle children.

5:52PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Interesting generalities, thank you.

5:52PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Interesting generalities, thank you.

6:30AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

A lot like reading my horoscope - pretty general.

7:38PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

I do not like how the only child gets the label of 'spoiled'. My experience was one of complete and utter loneliness and I had no one who understood or saw when I was abused. I have no one to compare childhood circumstances with, I had no one to understand or lend a hand when my alcoholic father was dying from his alcoholism.
Spoiled?
That word means something only if it means 'treated poorly and almost ruined'. Or 'responsible for every emotion and psychotic rant of an abusive mom'. Or....'what it means to be a child and have two messed up adults dependent on you to care for them while also raising yourself'.
Spoiled indeed!



5:30AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

I don't agree.

11:27AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I don't think this is quite accurate, however, I agree that birth order can have an affect on personality.

2:41PM PDT on May 11, 2011

Youngest children can also get ignored if they have a lot of siblings.

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