“It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to count on – someone to tell on!”
(The following excerpt from What Birth Order Can Predict About You by Sue Varma, M.D., originally appeared on doctoroz.com on March 12, 2913. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
According to psychoanalyst Alfred Adler, our birth order predicted our personality to a great extent. His theories from the early 1900s still stand in many respects. However, it is new research that is now reviving these ideas and, particularly, we are seeing the interplay of our biology and psychology. New research is showing that birth order can predict health consequences.
I like to caution folks and say that we should not let our destiny limit us. These factors may put us at greater likelihood for a particular outcome; however, it’s up to us to change that course. We also need to factor in family size, education and socioeconomic status. We tend to see that the smaller the families, the more the available resources. It’s not just whether you are first- or second-born – but if you are first or second in a family of 2 or 10, as this would dilute time, attention and resources. Also, it’s up to you what you are willing and able to do with your resources.
First-borns (like Dr. Oz) are natural-born leaders (no surprise, right?)
Middle Children are typically the mediators and peacemakers.
Youngest are the individuals in the family.
Only children in some ways have the best of both worlds – characteristics of both oldest and youngest, leaders but also risk takers.