Gale - Enter Product Login. 11 Surprising Scientific Facts About Firstborn Children. Turns out it does.
Scientists have done extensive studies on family make-up and how it affects not only how you parent, but your kids' health and personalities. Wonder if your oldest child is like most firstborns? Here's what science has to say: 1. They go that extra mile for an education. 2. More From The Stir: 8 Surprising Scientific Facts About Only Children 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Do any of these hold true for your firstborn? Image via sanickels/Flickr. The Achiever, the Peacemaker and the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality. You’re going on a family road trip with your adult siblings.
Which of these three scenarios sounds most like you? 1. You’ve been planning it for weeks, secured the hotel rooms, made restaurant reservations, had the car’s oil changed and have a tank full of gas — and you’ve mapped out rest stops along the way. 2. You’ve been rushing all morning trying to get things together, eventually throwing snacks and clothes haphazardly into your bags at the last minute. How Birth Order Affects Your Personality. WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I study whether birth order affects personality, I usually get blank looks.
It sounds like studying whether the sky is blue. Isn’t it common sense? Popular books invoke birth order for self-discovery, relationship tips, business advice and parenting guidance in titles such as The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are (Revell, 2009). Newspapers and morning news shows debate the importance of the latest findings (“Latter-born children engage in more risky behavior; what should parents do?”) While tossing in savory anecdotes (“Did you know that 21 of the first 23 astronauts into space were firstborns?”).
But when scientists scrutinized the data, they found that the evidence just did not hold up. Size Matters 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. There are many reasons that family size could affect our predilections and personalities. The Relationship of Birth Order and Gender with Academic Standing and Substance Use Among Youth in Latin America. Understanding the power of birth order. Each time Elizabeth Moore returns from the supermarket, she expects her sons to help her unload groceries from the car.
Her oldest, 13-year-old Jake, is always the first to help, while her youngest, 8-year-old Sam, complains the whole time. Meanwhile her middle son, 10-year-old Ben, rarely makes it out of the house. “He gets held up looking for his shoes. By the time they’ve turned up, we’re done,” says the West Caldwell, New Jersey, mom. “It amazes me how different my children are from one another.” How do three kids with the same parents, living in the same house, develop such distinct personalities? The firstborn Famous firstborns: Zac Efron, Beyonce Knowles, Dakota Fanning Common challenges: Success comes with a price: Firstborns tend to be type A personalities who never cut themselves any slack.
62 Interesting Facts about Birth Order. The first theorist to suggest that birth order can affect human psychology was Alfred Adler (1870-1937).
In short, he argued that firstborns are “dethroned” by a second child, which permanently affects the firstborn’s personality. Additionally, younger and older children may be spoiled and pampered, which also permanently affects their later personalities.g When discussing birth order, it is important to note that there are other various, influential factors related to the development of personality, including family size, sex of each child, sibling deaths, relationship between parents, how critical parents are, and family blending due to divorce or death.g Actual birth order may differ from psychological birth order Researchers note that men may be more likely to be homosexual if they share their birth mother with older brothers.
One in 6 children under the age of 18 is a stepchild Approximately, 1,300 new blended families form every day in the U.S. -- Posted May 19, 2014 References. Everything You Need to Know About Birth Order. Photo by Andy Sacks/Getty Images Birth order myths aren't just fascinating cocktail-party talk.
(You are totally a middle child!) There are solid psychological reasons why many people fit the mold. Here's a breakdown of the major stereotypes—plus the five "disruptors" that throw everything off. The Firstborn Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. The Middle Child Stereotype: Social butterfly, peacekeeper, fairness-obsessed.Why it’s true: “Middle-borns don’t have the rights of the oldest or the privileges of the youngest,” says Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., a coauthor of The Secret Power of Middle Children.