Birth Order and the Effect on Your Personality

1885 Words Nov 11th, 2001 8 Pages
Birth order and the effect it has on your personality

Some parents often wonder, what, if any, effect birth order will have on their children's personalities. Genetic factors and other influences play a significannot role, but the birth order within the family plays a larger role in determining the personality of children. Countless academic studies say your place in the family is such a strong factor in developing your personality that it can have a major influence on the rest of your life. Alfred Adler, an Austrian psychiatrist and former disciple of Freud, acknowledge environmental influences such as social class, geographic origin and relationship with parents as factors in the development of personality. But it was birth order
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It can cause a lot of stress on the child." Some of the solutions that Wallace suggested was to be alert to the child's reaction when a new baby is brought home. Address the feelings that the child has about the birth of the new sibling right then to prevent hostility, anger and resentment later on. Parents should treat the kids equally, neither will feel resentment for the other nor be able to claim that one is getting special treatment (Payton). Middle children are often left feeling like the odd one out, not having the attachment to their parents that their older sibling has but also not being the baby of the family, who gets the attention heaped on them. This often provokes attention-seeking behavior and can lead to depression or even paranoia in later life (Udall). Many middle children feel overshadowed by their older and younger siblings. Their efforts to compensate often affect their personality development ("Parenting- Children"). With parents less available to them than to first born, middle children seem to be more laid back in achievement and more relaxed. Sometimes they need to be manipulative to satisfy their needs and are good diplomats and quite friendly ("Birth order and your child"). The middle child tends to be a mediator and negotiator (Payton). The intensity of their struggle for identity as a middle child will depend on the sex of the child. If
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