It is assumed that the order of birth in a family can somewhat determine the intelligence and personality of a person, but is it really true? Is an older brother or sister more responsible, and are only children more selfish?
We, at MeowGag, did some research to see how birth order effectively impacts a child’s personality.
The study of this particular subject goes way back (dating almost a hundred years ago). Alfred Adler, a good friend of Sigmund Freud, believed that birth order greatly affects your personality.
The Eldest Children
The eldest child tends to have better leadership skills and takes a more conservative, power-oriented and dominant approach. They also take more initiative, according to Adler. Research shows that firstborns also tend more honest, but aren’t as stress-resistant as their siblings.
The Youngest Children
Younger children are usually over-pampered by their parents and enjoy the attention they’re given by their older siblings – thus, feeling less independent compared to their siblings. Nevertheless, youngest children are strongly motivated to outdo their older siblings. They are also more socially developed.
The Middle Children
They tend to be situated somewhere in between these two, personality-wise. They set the bar high and make more errors than usual, but these errors allow them to learn from their mistakes. Middle children are known to be diligent.
The Only Child
Apart from not worrying about competing with other siblings, only children are usually pampered a lot and tend to receive a lot of protection from their parents. Only children tend to get dependent on other people and are usually more self-centered according to Adler, but research has shown that they’re quite open as well, although more nervous than their peers. Only children are often perfectionists who never stop to achieve their goals.
In terms of intelligence levels, two German universities researched more than 20,000 people over 18 years of age across Europe and the United States, which showed that older children tend to have a higher IQ.
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