How Birth Order Affects Your Personality


‘For decades the evidence has been inconclusive, but new studies show that family position may truly affect intelligence and personality…
Before discussing the new findings, it will help to explain why decades of research that seemed to show birth-order effects was, in fact, flawed. Put simply, birth order is intricately linked to family size…’

This is a very interesting article by Joshua K. Hartshorne at Sci Am

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2 Responses to How Birth Order Affects Your Personality

  1. pochp says:

    I see that G and I think I’ve a post or draft about those complications.
    I’ve a personal experience with this G.
    I lost interest in college schooling and stopped because of family size.
    Eight siblings and I’m the eldest. Just studying with all your siblings
    rioting around was enough.

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  2. Gryphon says:

    I have long believed that birth order was a factor in early childhood development. I also feel that growth to adulthood and conscious attention to personality defects could partially if not completely overcome any defects created by the social/family birth order.

    Of course family size has a lot to do with it. The Middle Child of a family of 8 children will not experience the same interactive dynamics of a Middle Child of a family of 3 children. res ipsa loquitur.

    And of course the dynamic of the parents comes into it as well as socio/economic factors. Are the children in a one parent household? How would this affect the consequences of Birth Order over a two parent household? Is one of the parents a Substance Abuser? Substance Abuse of a child caretaker imposes a dynamic all its own and that is layered on top of Birth Order.

    O.K. essay over.

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