Can birth order determine your career

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
November 24, 2008 1:34pm CST
I don't know if I believe this. See what you think. Firstborns are ambitious, assertive, dominant and disciplined compared to their younger siblings. They're determined to succeed yet fearful of losing position and rank, and are defensive about errors and mistakes. The oldest tend to pursue vocations that require higher education, like medicine, engineering or law. Middle children are good at negotiation, peacemaking and compromise. They are easy-going, diplomatic and are usually closer to friends than family. More middle children identified themselves as earning $35,000 or less per year than firstborn or youngest children. Youngest children love the limelight and are used to sitting in it. They are charming, creative, have a good sense of humor and manipulate others when they want to get their way.Last borns were the least likely to report earning six figures.hold administrative and clerical level positions. They also reported being the least satisfied in their current jobs. http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/10/22/cb.birth.order.career/index.html Do you or your siblings fit in any of these categories? Only Children it said are similar to first borns.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 09
If that is true then I surely have one dysfunctional family but oh well been saying that for years...lolThat is so totally wrong that I wish it wasn't..I am the 7th child born of the eight my mom had.But I have the characteristics of the middle child. While my other brothers and sisters are a mixed bag..lol But non of us make over 35,000 a year..way less.
• United States
26 Nov 08
There are lots of ideas, myths, and stereotypes about birth order.. much as anything else. I have some degree of doubt about such analysis. It seems like astrology to me. There is one small nugget of truth to it, however. It is likely that oldest, middle, and youngest children do have some psychological experiences in common. These commonalities might result in a clustering effect on their personality whereby some trends can be identified. I would think some slight similarity might result from one's astrological sign.. but in truth that would be a function of light, dark, hot, cold, and cultural experiences at that time. For example, in winter it is cold so babies born at that time might have more 'brown fat' which keeps one warm. They might also have early experiences with socialization at Christmas time and all that celebration right out of the womb. This might stimulate their little brains. Also, as winter is coming, in older times people would stay inside more. No farming to do, you see, when plants won't grow. So, during the winter a baby might have been afforded more time and attention than one might be able to devote to him or her during planting or harvesting time. Just a thought...
• India
25 Nov 08
Seriously, I feel it is a bunch of nonsense. Maybe it is true in some cases. My Dad was a first born. He had none of the qualities mentioned. On the other hand, his youngest brother was the one who ended up earning the most in the family. I guess you just can't generalize. It all depends... Cheers and happy mylotting
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I don't put much faith in things like that. Besides, I am the baby in the family. I resent being told that because I am the youngest I am least likely to earn six figures. Ok, so maybe I don't know, but still. I could someday.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Actually, this has been at work in my household. I am the youngest of three children. I am the only girl. I am very creative and artistic. Andrew, the middle child, used to draw, but he was never really quite an artist like I am, it's my identity to people who don't know me very well. I really am "The Artist." I am sensitive and in touch with my feelings, and I look at people and their personalities very deeply. I'm thinking of a career in psychology. I can be very silly and I strive to be witty, though. I am shy, and have few friends, but of those, close ones. The middle child is my brother Andrew. He is the musician. He plays the electric guitar and he's in a metal band. He sings for them right now, but he's not really much of a singer, but it's really about the screaming anyway. When I was little I would always have to work for his approval, and I always wanted to say or do things that would make him like me, and I always wanted to be like him, so I think that's why I am, today, very eager to please people and make them like me, and I sometimes forget to form an opinion of him or her because I'm so busy trying to make them like me, but I am getting better at social situations. He's good at making a lot of friends, but I think that just comes with it when everyone knows about you and your band, in high school. I don't really know. The oldest is my brother Daniel. He is the most serious of all of us, and he meditates. He's into computers and such. He's a loner like I am, I think, but he does have friends. He's more friendly than my other brother, though, and more open to people, while my other brother is, well, to me, more of a "snob" and isn't really that friendly to just anyone on the first try.
• United States
24 Nov 08
i am not for sure don't have any kids. but if i had to guess i would say it is a myth.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I really don't think it has anything to do with the birth order either. All of my family has different careers but none of them were pre-chosen. It is just what we all lucked into.
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Ha, that's a crock of poo!! I can tell you right now my oldest will most likely make the least amount of money in this family. He has no ambitions when it comes to education. Sports are his only interest, and his only hope for a future. If he doesn't become a professional athlete, he'll probably be a school phys ed teacher. My twins are what I consider my middle children at the moment, although the toddler is a middle child as well I guess. The twins are not good at negotiating, compromising, or peace making... heck, they're the trouble causing ones in my family. But my twins are also thus far the smartest children in my family, the most outgoing and the most ambitious. I can see either of them holding a great position, such as medicine, law, or engineering, they have the ability to anyways. Of course I can't say forsure about the toddler and baby yet, because they're so small, but they're just as smart as the twins, if not possibly smarter. Yes they are more spoiled than any of the other children, but even now I don't see them sticking with an entry level job they hate. I guess time will tell.