Whether you’re the first-born, middle child, last-born, or only child, your birth order can have a big effect on your personality and behavior. Read on to find out what where you land on the family tree says about you!
Birth Order First Born
The First-Born: You're a confident high-achiever!
Born into an environment of adults, you emulated the grownups around you and matured quickly. It makes perfect sense that studies show first-borns tend to be ambitious leaders! Once younger siblings arrived, it was you, the oldest, who led the pack with a mix of patient nurturing and trailblazing ambition. No wonder nearly every astronaut to go into outer space has been a first-born: You reach for the stars!
Birth Order Only Child
An Only Child: You're an independent creative!
Rather than be influenced by siblings, you had the opportunity as a child to form your own opinions and go your own way. The independence you fostered early on in life serves you well as an adult, as you are utterly self-sufficient. Creative and inventive, you have a knack for seeing what others don’t and tend to be a deep thinker.
Birth Order Middle Child
A Middle Child: You're an easygoing diplomat!
There’s a reason middle children tend to be diplomatic: Growing up mediating sibling rivalries, you’ve perfected the art of compromise and have excellent communication skills to show for it! Research suggests middle children are very often social butterflies and make friends easily. As outgoing as you are fair-minded, you have a knack for smoothing over any situation with your balanced and amiable personality.
Birth Order Youngest Child
The Youngest: You're a charming risk-taker!
As the adored “baby” of the family, being lovable and entertaining is like second nature to you. Expressive and bighearted, you’re a born charmer. And as the youngest child, you likely experienced more relaxed, seasoned parents than your older siblings, allowing you to spread your wings a bit and be more adventurous. Indeed, you embrace challenges and love taking smart risks!
Birth Order Blended Family
Part of a Blended Family: You're open-minded and resilient!
Being part of a blended brood suggests that you’re resilient and adaptable to change! After all, complex family dynamics that veer from the traditional require flexibility, problem-solving skills and the ability to express yourself. Well aware that family comes in all shapes and sizes, you likely are tolerant, open-minded and able to connect with people from all walks of life.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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