Saturday, March 9, 2013

Where do you fall in birth order?

Birth order can affect human psychology, thoug...
Birth order can affect human psychology, though many supposedly formative effects of birth order are instead related to other factors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this interesting tidbit while surfing blogs. Of course I needed to print it once I read it. 
I am the oldest and I just loved the part about how you can tell the birth order in the simpleness of planning a party.
I am, of course, the one who has it all planned out, down to the games, the table linens, etc. (all matching of course!)
So, read the following and tell me - where do you fall? And, how do YOU plan a party?
And, now that I have found another fascinating interest, I'm off to investigate!

“In families children tend to take on stock roles, as if there were hats hung up in some secret place, visible only to the children . Each succeeding child selects a hat and takes on that role: the good child, the black sheep, the clown, and so forth.”
- Ellen Galinsky
Let’s say you’re planning a party. If you have every detail perfectly worked out a week ahead of time, right down to the colour-coordinated cocktail napkins, you’re probably the eldest child in your family. If you casually throw things together and invite a few extra guests at the last minute, it would be a safe bet that you’re a middle child. If you’d rather someone else did the work and you just showed up and entertained everyone, you’re likely the baby.
(This excerpt from How Birth Order Affects Your Life by Marcia Kaye originally appeared on best To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)

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Some more interesting information...
“Scientists have studied birth order in families for many years. Birth order likely affects individual personality traits. The Child Development Institute reports in the article, Birth Order:
The following characteristics will not apply to all children in every family. Typical characteristics, however, can be identified:
  •  Child Pampered and spoiled.
  •  Feels incompetent because adults are more capable.
  • Is center of attention; often enjoys position. May feel special.
  • Self-centered.
  • Relies on service from others rather than own efforts
  •  Feels unfairly treated when doesn’t get own way.
    May refuse to cooperate.
  • Plays “divide and conquer” to get own way.
First Child
  • Is only child for period of time; used to being center
    of attention.
  • Believes must gain and hold superiority over other children.
  • Being right, controlling often important.
  •  May respond to birth of second child by feeling unloved and neglected.
  • Strives to keep or regain parents’ attention through conformity. If this failed, chooses to misbehave.
  • May develop competent, responsible behavior or become very discouraged.
  •  Sometime strives to protect and help others.
  • Strives to please.
Second Child
  •  Never has parents’ undivided attention.
  •  Always has sibling ahead who’s more advanced.
  • Acts as if in race, trying to catch up or overtake first child.
  •  If first child is “good,” second may become “bad.” Develops abilities first child doesn’t exhibit. If first child successful, may feel uncertain of self and abilities.”

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