Topics: Alfred Adler, Birth order, Sibling Pages: 3 (678 words) Published: April 16, 2013
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April 16, 2013
90 Is The Youngest Child Of The Family The Happiest?
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September 12, 2012 ( — Can your birth order determine your role within your family? For generations, scientists have been trying to come to a decisive conclusion to this answer. Many experts believe that the youngest child of the family is also the happiest, but is there solid scientific evidence to prove this? Here is a look at the often debated topic of birth order, and whether the baby of the family truly is the happiest of all.

The Adlerian Theory

The 20th century psychologist Alfred Adler studied the topic of birth order extensively. A colleague of Sigmund Freud, Adler had many beliefs about how birth order affected one’s personality and role within a family. Alfred Adler believed that the youngest child was at an advantage over their elder siblings because they will try to teach their young sibling. Additionally, the youngest child is often spoiled, due to being the youngest offspring or the “baby.” Alfred Adler’s theory was controversial during the early part of the 20th century because there was no concrete data to support Adler’s theory.

However, Adler’s theory is not consistent across the board. Not all first-born children are determined go-getters, nor are all last-born children spoiled. Each family has its own unique dynamic, and each person has an individual personality. While Adler was not able to prove birth order’s affect on a person’s individual personality, there have been many other case studies on birth order.

The Berkeley University Birth Order Case Study

In 1999, Berkeley University conducted a study on the effects of birth order on the effects of birth order of the human personality and family dynamic. In this study, many intriguing points...
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