Can something as simple as birth order define who we are?
Firstborns are said to be the achievers, the reliable conscientious siblings of the bunch, the ones that strive to please their parents. Since they are the first child in the family they receive all the attention, well at least until the next sibling comes in. The youngest are the free-spirited and outgoing yet self-centered ones of the family. They tend to receive the most attention after the first born since they are seen as the "baby" of the family. The middle child is described as the friendly but rebellious one, the "black sheep". This is mostly due to not really getting as much attention as the other siblings since he/she doesn't get alone time with the parents and as result have to try harder.
These are the characteristics given to someone depending on their birth order, but how much of it is truth? While some of these characteristics might fit some people like a glove for others not so much. One reason for this is that there are many factors that come into play when it comes to someone's personality. Although birth order might be one of them, it is not the only one.
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