What Are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Being Born First, Middle or Last in a Family?

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child's place in the family birth order may play a role in the type of occupations that will interest him or her as an adult new research suggests. The first-born is an only child until the second child comes along -transforming them from being the centre of attention, to then sharing the care of parents. Parents will also expect them to be responsible and 'set an example'. The change from being the focus of a family may be quite a shock and so shape the first-born's subsequent outlook on life. Therefore first-borns may try to get back their parents' attention and approval, by achieving success and recognition in their careers. It has been noted that first-borns are significantly more often found as world political leaders than any other birth order position. Being the youngest in the family can sometimes be a stifling and frustrating experience, especially if they're looking to be taken seriously and treated like an adult. The last-born is more likely than the other birth order positions to take up dangerous sports. This may be a sign of the last-born's rebellious streak - a result of being fed up with always being bossed about by everyone in the family. Middle children, however, have different issues. 'Middle c syndrome' can mean fee sandwiched between two other 'more important' people – an older sibling who gets all the rights and is treated like an adult and a younger sibling who gets all the privileges and is treated like a spoilt children. Middle-borns have to learn to on with older and younger children and this may contribute to them becoming good negotiators – of all the birth order positions they most skilful at dealing with authority figures and those holding inferior positions. What about only children they are more likely to show interest in academic pursuits rather than physical or outdoor activities. Only children will tend to get more time and attention from their parents than children with /siblings, this will often make them...
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