The Effects of Birth Order on the Personality of an Individual

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The Effects of Birth Order on the Personality of an Individual

There are many things that can alter the personality of an individual; some of these are voluntarily inflicted, while others are uncontrollable. Among the uncontrollable altercations, birth order is perhaps the largest influence on a person's disposition. Personality is influenced by the "place" a person has in their family as well as the family situation. It is important whether an individual is an only child, first born, second born, third born, a boy among girls, or a girl among boys, and so on. Birth order is a key element in gaining an understanding of one's self as well as other people. Through birth order placement, one develops a behavior pattern as well as ways
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It is also common for the child to become bitter towards one parent, usually the parent of the same sex. Only borns are also subject to emotional disturbances. Statistically, they are more apt to require clinical help and to return for further counseling later in life. An example of this would be shown by "In military training camp, only children were more likely to consult a psychiatrist, be diagnosed as psychoneurotic, and be discharged from the service." (Toman, 1992, p.132) Another characteristic of only children is that they grow up favoring adult company and in turn use adult mannerisms and language at an early age. Other less important attributes of only children are: short tempers which usually result in tantrums, ethicality, constant perseverance for acceptance from all, sets boundaries for themselves and others and is more sensitive to pain. First borns are almost an entirely different in comparison to only children. They tend to be highly motivated and strive to set examples for the younger siblings. Because of this motivation, first borns gravitate toward higher educational and career aspirations than the later born children do. An example of this is the fact that twenty-one of the first twenty-three astronauts were first-born children. They also become the authoritarian and also the protectors of their siblings. This causes them to be very responsible individuals. Insisting that power is their possession, first-borns reach for
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