Monday Musings: Does Birth Order Affect Personality?

by Samantha on November 4, 2013

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So what are you?

Are you “The Smart One?,” “The Responsible One” or do you get a free pass because you were “The Baby” of the family?

If you were the firstborn in your brood, it may be likely that you’ve displayed traits of maturity and responsibility a lot more than your siblings. Conversely, if you’re the middle child, you’ve probably heard that you have some type of “complex,” whether or not it’s true.

How realistic are these assessments of our character? Does birth order really affect our personalities, or is it just speculation, not based on any type of fact?

Sure - there have indeed been studies that seem to prove the idea that your position in your family with regards to your siblings indeed affects the way you behave and how well you do in life. That being said, there are always detractors, and there seem to be a fair number of those who discount the whole idea of birth order as an indicator of personality. And then, of course, there are those who say that it’s not that black and white; that the truth is somewhere in between, based on a variety of factors.

So what’s the real deal? Does birth order really affect personality? What do YOU think?

Leave me your thoughts and insights in the comments section below.

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