Their desire to succeed isn't fueled by competition, so much as a sincere desire for the adoration that comes from being the best at what they do.Middle children's roles are not as defined as the oldest child or the youngest child, so they tend to seek approval from their peer group, since parental attention is focused more on the oldest and youngest offspring. While they seek approval from their peers, they still model themselves somewhat off of the first-born child's characteristics.I can say this because I'm the first-born daughter of five children, but science can now back up the fact that first-born children tend to grow into controlling perfectionists.
New research is showing that birth order can predict health consequences.
I like to caution folks and say that we should not let our destiny limit us.
Also, it's up to you what you are willing and able to do with your resources. First-borns are at high risk for high blood pressure.
WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I study whether birth order affects personality, I usually get blank looks. Newspapers and morning news shows debate the importance of the latest findings (“Latter-born children engage in more risky behavior; what should parents do?
You don't have to worry about “finding yourself” anymore because as it turns out, your birth order already has your whole personality worked out for you. Kevin Leman, a psychologist and author of “The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are,” says there are distinct differences in the characteristics of children and adults depending on their birth order.
So sit tight because I'm about to lay 'em on you: Parents of first-born children tend to be overly neurotic, since they're inexperienced. Popular books invoke birth order for self-discovery, relationship tips, business advice and parenting guidance in titles such as (Revell, 2009).”) while tossing in savory anecdotes (“Did you know that 21 of the first 23 astronauts into space were firstborns? But when scientists scrutinized the data, they found that the evidence just did not hold up.It's no secret that birth order plays a role in how we do things, which career we choose, and how our relationships play out.Take this fun, 10-question quiz to see how your birth order personality matches up with your actual birth order.A child from a two-kid family has a 50 percent chance of being a firstborn, whereas a child from a five-kid family has only a 20 percent chance of being a firstborn.