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Birth Order and Personality Does being first born make people more responsible If someone is the middle born child is he or she going to be rebellious If people are last born are they more likely to be on television Are first born children inconsiderate and selfish or highly motivated A persons birth order can affect his personality Birth order definitely affects your personality your attitude your children your occupational choice and even how well you get along with God Leman Birth Order 10 There is an awful lot of research and plain old law of averages supporting the affect of birth order on personality It doesnt explain everything about human behavior--no personality test or system can--but it does give us many clues about why people are the way they are Leman Birth Order 11 There are four basic classifications of birth order the oldest the only the middle and the youngest Each has its own set of advantages as well as its own set of disadvantages Leman Birth Order 10 First born children tend to be high achievers in whatever they do Some traits customarily used to label first born children include reliable conscientious list maker well organized Leman Birth Order 11 more oriented toward authority and responsibility Moore and Cox 19 and tough-minded Stephens 356 The first born child is typically the success story in the family They are the ones that are driven to succeed in high achievement fields such as science medicine and law Leman Birth Order 13 For example of the first twenty-three astronauts sent into space twenty-one were first borns or the very similar only child In fact all seven astronauts of the original Mercury program were first born children Leman Birth Order 12 Another trait that is often typical of the first born child is the tendency to choose careers that involve leadership For instance fifty-two percent of the United States presidents have been first borns
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