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Here's How Your Birth Order Can Tell A Lot About Your Personality

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Everybody's heard about how only children tend to be stubborn and spoiled, and that the order that kids are born has a lot of influence on how they develop as people. For instance, birds that hatch first out of their batch tend to be bigger and stronger as they have a slight developmental edge on their younger siblings. Birth order affecting development and personality is, therefore, fairly well established throughout the animal kingdom.

Is your older brother/sister really bossy? Is your younger sibling a bit of a goofball? These personality traits may have a lot to do with the order in which you were born.

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There are a lot of theories regarding how birth order affects psychological and physical development. So, what does birth order actually predict?

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There's actually still a fair amount of debate as to how much influence your birth order really has on you.

While there's no conclusive evidence one way or another, researchers have definitely found several correlations between birth order and certain personality traits.

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Only children are often thought of as being more mature since they're always surrounded by grown-ups.

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According to human behavior expert Dr. Gail Gross, only children are usually very independent.

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They have no other kids at home to play with, so they learn to be self-reliant and more resourceful.

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Unfortunately, this sense of independence can also make it difficult for them to cooperate with other kids in social settings. I've definitely heard that before.

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Firstborns tend to be driven towards achievement.

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Some believe that this is because firstborns spend the most one-on-one time with their parents before the birth of their siblings, and become "over-responsible" as an adult. My sister told me she also started working harder at school to make our parents proud after I was born because I took away the focus she used to get for being cute. Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful, sis! 

Firstborns also tend to be quite "bossy."

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It makes sense. Until their siblings came along, the firstborns were used to doing their own thing, their own way. Naturally, someone younger, smaller, and weaker should learn from them. Mom and Dad are bigger and older so they tell you what to do... so, by the same logic, you get to tell the baby what to do, right?

Second borns, says Dr. Gail Gross, tend to be more cooperative and flexible.

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They were getting bossed around by their firstborn sibling since Day 1, so they've learned to work harder to get the things they want. 

Middle children also tend to want to enforce the rules a lot more strictly as a result.

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I'm sure every middle child can relate.

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Then there's the "baby" the family.

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The youngest child often tends to have a lot less oversight placed on them because parents are a lot more used to raising kids by now and don't feel the need to be as constantly on guard as they were with the firstborn. 

As a result, they tend to be a lot more free-spirited.

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As a result of the diminished attention to them, however, these children often develop an ability to charm and entertain as a way to still get their parents' and siblings' approval.

It's kinda amazing that these young ones feel such a need to please their older siblings, considering what they put them through...

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Ultimately, all these personalities come together to make your family the best!

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Be sure to SHARE this interesting information with your family and friends.

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