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Adler's Birth order theory

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Youngest children tend to be selfish and dependent since they are used to others providing for & pampering them. Unlike the others this child is never "dethroned". They sometimes feel inferior because of the pace set by older children, however this can drive them to exceed in many aspects of life. The third child can also be extremely comfortable and fun in social situations. They are usually extremely charming and the comedians. ONLY CHILD More likely than others to be pampered. The parents of the only child take special care, sometimes anxiety-filled care. The child is the center of the family system's universe. This child usually has a difficult time in the "real world" as they are use to getting their way. However, this child is often mature and very comfortable in adult situations. They tend to be high achievers and perfectionists. Due to self-entertaining this person also tends to be more creative and imaginary. ALFRED ADLER'S BIRTH ORDER
PERSONALITY THEORY First
Child The first, oldest child begins life as the only child, therefore receives many of the same attributes. They are socially dominant, highly intellectual, and extremely conscientious. They also tend to be "people pleasers". This is due to the "dethroning" they receive when their first sibling is born in efforts to regain their position. Some may become rebellious or withdrawn because of the change. Adler believed the first child is more likely to be the "problem child", however he also states that they are the most conservative. Second
Child The second child is a competitive one as they try to conquer and surpass the pace set by the oldest child. This, however, results in the child becoming a type of an entrepreneur later in life. They tend to be the most diplomatic and flexible members of the family. They are often eager for parental praise, which develops great musical or academic gifts. Third
Child As for presidents and pastors, you guessed it: a great number of them are firstborns. 28 out of 44 US presidents have been firstborns or play the role of firstborns. A number of our presidents were born later in their families. In some cases they were born last, but in all cases they were the firstborn males in the family. That tells me they had excellent chances of developing firstborn traits and functioning as firstborns, which undoubtedly helped them be effective in their role of president and leader. In the 2008 US presidential election, the final four contenders for the biggest job in the world were an only child Barack Obama, a firstborn daughter Hillary Clinton, and two firstborn sons Mike Huckabee and John McCain. There truly is something unique about firstborns, the leaders of the pack At the other end of the birth order scale, you’ll find a lot of laterborns who are comedians. Babies of the family who are known and loved by millions of movie and TV fans include Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase.

-The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Leman First Born Examples
Did you know? Youngest Child Examples
Did You Know?
Alfred Adler developed the idea that birth order can and does affect a child's personality. Adler not only believed that birth order could predetermine to some point a child's personality, but that the child's environment was influential as well. Consider business tycoons Bill Gates and Micheal Dell, inventor extraordinaire Benjamin Franklin, and the creative visionaries Madonna and Jane Austen. What do these vastly different personalities living in radically different times and facing different challenges, have in common? They have middleborn capacity to use their birth order to their advantage.

-The Secret Power of Middle Children:
How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and RemarkableAbilities
By Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., Katrin Schumann Middle Child Examples
Did You Know? THE END
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