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Research Question Does birth-order have an effect on personality Birth-order could be one way to gain an understanding of friends family members and co-workers Research has shown that the birth-order indeed has an effect on personality Birth-order of course does not explain everything about human behavior personality is also affected by many different factors such as heritage the environment of the upbringing family size education etc There are four basic classifications of birth-order the oldest the only the middle and the youngest born Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages The birth-order factor is not always exact but it does give many clues about why people are the way they are Leman 1985 First-born children tend to be highly motivated to achieve In school first-borns tend to work harder for grades than later-borns do They often grow to be more competitive and have higher educational and career goals Of the first twenty-three astronauts sent into outer space twenty-one were first-borns or only children Some characteristics of first-borns are goal setting high achievers perfectionist responsible organized rule keepers determined detail orientated Only children are considered as a specialized type of first-borns They are generally characterized much the same as first-borns who have siblings Some famous first-borns include Mikhail Gorbachev Russian leader Jimmy Carter president Albert Einstein scientist Sally Ride astronaut and Steven Spielberg producer Some famous only children include Brooke Shields actress model Franklin D Roosevelt president Leonardo da Vinci artist Frank Sinatra singer Danielle Steel novelist Middle-born children are usually well balanced They are good mediators and have superior cooperation skills They dont have their parents all to themselves or get their own way Therefore they learn to negotiate and compromise Middle-born children often make excellent managers and leaders because of these skills Some characteristics of the middle-born child are flexible diplomatic peacemaker generous social competitive Some famous middle-born children include Bea Arthur actress Bob Hope comedian Tom Selleck actor Mary Decker Slaney
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