Oldest, middle, youngest, or only child? Where you are can shape who you are. The only child has trouble sharing, the oldest is bossy, everyone babies the baby, and the middle child is -- well, stuck in the middle. Are these merely stereotypes, or is there some truth to birth order differences? Although this theory only explains a small chunk of why we are the way we are, those differences definitely exist, claims birth order expert Frank Sulloway, PhD, author of Born to Rebel Pantheon. Personality doesn't hinge on the biological fact that a child is born first or seventh.
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These children tend to be conscientious, ambitious, organized and—in relationships—dominant. Says Cane, "Firstborns like to be in control. In the case of firsts, oldest sons tend to be take-charge types, leaders. Oldest females, on the other hand, are more likely to be bossy, confident and aggressive than their younger sisters. Middle children are the least defined of the types there can only be one eldest and one baby, but middles shift depending on how many there are in the whole family.
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All Rights Reserved. Terms and Conditions of Service. Is it really true that middle children cause more problems? That firstborns are more responsible but also a bit uptight? That youngest kids are going to remain the babies in the family?
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