Birth order doesn't affect personality, psychologists contend
Some say other factors are more important in shaping who we are.
While psychologists have long been intrigued about the effect of birth order on personality traits, some experts say it’s all a bunch of malarkey.
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Melissa Keogh, a clinical psychologist, told news.com.au that perceived birth order has more of an effect on people's personality than their actual birth order.
“That means the place in the family we 'feel ourselves' to be. For instance, you might actually have been born first in your family but feel as if everyone in your family treats you like the youngest. Or vice versa,” she explains.
Pamela Banks, a professor from Jackson State University, may agree. Last week, she told The Tennessean that too many factors influence personality to single out birth order.
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“There’s not a great deal of empirical evidence that birth order significantly affects personality,” she said. “There are so many other factors.”
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In my family my brother was the youngest and favored by both parents because they were both the youngest in their families. My sister was the middle and being the only girl was looked out for by both of them. I'm the oldest and they sounded like their parents, all I got was I'm the oldest and should have known better. Nothing I did was ever right. Did it effect my personality? Damned straight! I left at 16 and I dont talk to any of them!
It wasn't the birth order and how we percieved it, it was how they percieved it.
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