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.
There are a lot of theories regarding how birth order affects psychological and physical development. So, what does birth order actually predict?
While there's no conclusive evidence one way or another, researchers have definitely found several correlations between birth order and certain personality traits.
Only children are often thought of as being more mature since they're always surrounded by grown-ups.
According to human behavior expert Dr. Gail Gross, only children are usually very independent.
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.
Firstborns tend to be driven towards achievement.
Firstborns also tend to be quite "bossy."
Second borns, says Dr. Gail Gross, tend to be more cooperative and flexible.
Middle children also tend to want to enforce the rules a lot more strictly as a result.
Then there's the "baby" the family.
As a result, they tend to be a lot more free-spirited.
It's kinda amazing that these young ones feel such a need to please their older siblings, considering what they put them through...
Ultimately, all these personalities come together to make your family the best!
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