Negative Effects Of Birth Order

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The Effects Of Birth Order
What would people think if a complete stranger could tell personality traits of someone only knowing the order of their birth? “Birth order refers to the order a child is born in their family: birth order is often believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development” (Wikipedia). Birth order has great effects on children, and it is seen especially in firstborn, middle born, and last born children. It is an interesting concept that will be explored in more depth in this paper. First, consider some of the characteristics seen in firstborn children. Some of the traits seen in first born children include: perfectionist, reliable, list maker, well-organized, critical, serious, scholarly, seek approval, conservative, and law-abiding (Lehnardt). They are also typically bad at delegating. Researchers suggest that firstborn are more highly motivated than other or later-born children (Lehnardt). Firstborns are also more likely to seek help and are self-critical. “Firstborns are more likely to make at least $100,000 more annually than their siblings” (Lehnardt). Researchers say firstborn are generally higher motivated than others. In addition, “firstborns tend to score higher on IQ tests and typically get more education than their brothers and sisters” (Lehnardt). However, in life, there are exceptions to these characteristics and features seen in children born first. For example, younger siblings tend to take on a firstborn role if an
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