How Your Birth Order Shapes Your Personality

How your birth order shapes your personality? 

Each and every parent determines their children’s personality by noticing their looks, interests, propensities, the sour of nourishment they prefer, their distinctive identities. What kind of a child were you? Were you born the first, the middle or the youngest? In this article we will show you how your birth order shapes your personality. For example, the only child finds difficulties in sharing, the oldest is bossy, everyone pays attention to the youngest, and the middle child is always put in the middle.

According to the birth order expert Frank Sulloway, PhD, author of Born to Rebel (Pantheon),  this theory only explains a small part of who we are, but still those differences really exist.

Personality doesn’t hinge on the biological fact that a child is born first or seventh. “It’s the roles siblings adopt that lead to differences in behavior,” Sulloway says.

How your birth order shapes your personality? 

Characteristics of First Borns: 

  • Perfectionist
  • Achiever
  • Leader
  • Bossy
  • Responsible
  • Motivated
  • Conscientious
  • Controlling
  • Cautious
  • Reliable

Characteristics of the Middle Borns:

  • Feels left out
  • Social
  • Peacemaker
  • Adaptable
  • Rebellious
  • Independent
  • Go-between

Characteristics of the Last Borns: 

  • Uncomplicated
  • Seek attention
  • Self-centered
  • Manipulative
  • Fun
  • Charming
  • Outgoing

Characteristics of the only child:

  • Confident
  • Sensitive
  • Center of attention
  • Mature for their age
  • Seek approval
  • Leader
  • Conscientious
  • Responsible
  • Perfectionist

When it comes to twin children, they don’t usually follow the typical birth order. Namely, parents are very fair and don’t emphasize the birth order, but they may unconsciously treat the first twin like a firstborn child.

There are also other factors that change traditional birth roles:

Gender– just because you were born first, doesn’t necessarily means that you will have firstborn status. In some cultures, if a boy has four older sisters, but he is the firsborn male, he may be treated as a firstiborn child.

Age-differences–  birth order effects have the highest impact when siblings are two to four years apart. Gap children– When there are large gaps between children, they are likely to take on the role of a firstborn, rather than a middle or last born.

Adopted children– regardless of the birth order of the adopted child, the placement within their adopted family will shape their personality characteristics.
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