How much does birth order affect personality and/or success?

United States
January 27, 2009 7:33pm CST
I have always been fascinated with birth order and how it affects a person throughout their life. I've heard from a few sources that eldest children are often natural leaders, and youngest are born rebels, where as middle children are the most diplomatic. From my own experience, I don't necessarily believe this, although I have seen families that mirror those descriptions well. I know a child development professor that sides with the idea that all children are different and that just as many children will fit their birth order stereotype as those who will not. What do you think? Do you believe in birth order as having an effect on personality? What about it having the reverse effect as what is stereotypical? How much do you think birth order affects someone's successes and decisions in life?
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@sisco100 (2347)
• United States
28 Jan 09
personally i dont think thats ture. it may seem that way but isnt. i think that it has more to do with the parents and how they rasie the child. most of the time the first born is considered to be the example to the other children so the parents expect them to be a cerain way. as far as the middle child it gose any way. they expect them to be an example but at the same time they dont ask for much. and as for the last child, well they get all the good and bad expectations that werent meet form the other childern in the family. this all depends on how the other children acted growing up can effect how each grows up.
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