Birth Order

Posted: May 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

A friend of mine recently shared some very interesting information with me on personality traits according to birth order. It lead me to do a little more research, and I have found it to be so insightful. By recognizing little things about yourself, hopefully it will help your interaction with others. 

I find myself in a unique situation in that I grew up as the last born(0-4), my brother is 9yrs older; only child(5-10), my brother went to live with his father in another country; and oldest child(11-18), my mother passed and I went to live with my aunt and her two younger daughters(hmmm does that make me a middle child too since I still had an older brother?).

This website and book talks a little more about birth order in relation to best relationship matches, http://birthorders.com/index.html

 Below are a summary of birth order characteristics from http://www.birthorderandpersonality.com/index.html:

First Born:

Category
Strengths
Weaknesses
Traits
Greater level of confidence, taken seriously, patient, organized, strong powers of concentration, confidence to dream and plan, feel supported, and feel they will be respected for what they do.
Have an innate fear of being dethroned, perfectionists, overachievers, feel as though they are never good enough, tend to be selfish with possesions and attention.
Career
Often choose careers that require a high degree of precision such as: law, medicine, computer programming, or architecture, no gray area in work field, in control, often the boss or owner of company.
Do not like to be told what to do, have a hard time with creative projects, do not work well with no direction, do not gravitate towards jobs such as: sales, advertising, art, or music, as there is no structure, or stability in these careers.

 Famous First Borns

Middle Children:

Category
Strengths
Weaknesses
Traits
Peacmakers, mediators, able to keep secrets, not spoiled, take risks, are realistic, get along well with others, read people well, independent, loyal to supporters, competitive, and imaginative.
Hates confrontation, stubborn, cynical, suspicious, and rebellious.
Careers
Choose careers that allow them to be creative such as: sales, art, advertising, or a career that requires negotiating, well suited for management because of level headedness, and the ability to be unbiased.
Do not do well with a heirarchy system, don’t like strict rules, prefer to work at their own pace, and therefore may not complete tasks on time, do not work well with details, do not work well with cut and dry material, prefer to make things more creative than needed.

 Famous Middle Children:

Last Child:

Category
Strengths
Weaknesses
Traits
Outgoing, sociable, affectionate, caring, creative, empathetic, and confident.
Spoiled, manipulative, immature, self-centered, and capricious.
Career
Careers in sales, or invention corporations work well because of their ability to sell things, including themselves, work well alone, want to be the boss, and just do their own thing at their own pace.
Do not like to be tied down to committment, can be perceived as “cut throat”, try too hard at times, alternative routes in life may make them the odd man out.

 Famous Last Children:  

Only Child:

Category
Strengths
Weaknesses
Traits
Trust their own opinion, prompt, ambitious, enterprising, energetic, set goals, good problem solvers, and ambitious.
Self-Centered, fearful of trying new things, criticize themselves and others, worry too much, feel they are always right, inflexible, and too busy to see the big picture.
Career
Choose careers similar to those of first born children such as: law, medicine, and architecture. Like black and white concepts and often prefer to work alone or be the boss, which accounts for their success.
Do not like to be told what to do, often stray from team work situations, or take too much of the responsibility. May not respond well to criticisism, and therefore may not improve on areas that are flawed.

 Famous Only Children:   

 
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