The order we are born in plays a significant role in the development of our personality. Of course, some characteristics are inherent, but there is a lot we develop based on the order we were born. The order goes like this, first the eldest child, the middle child, the youngest child and the only child. No matter which slot you manage to take, there is no certainty the kind of treatment you are going to receive from the world orbiting around you.
Let us take a look at each rank, starting from the eldest child to the only child, and see what slot we occupy and what role it played in shaping our lives.
The eldest child
Upon research, we learned some interesting facts about people who were the firstborn. For example, all the astronauts to have gone into space were the first child of the family. Furthermore, more than half of the U.S presidents and Nobel prize winners were the first born of their family. The key is to find out the reason behind their success.
Since the parents are the only people the first child can look up to as role models, the child follows and thinks everything the parents do. It is in the nature of the child to look up to the ones older than them. The child gets motivated when they receive encouragement from their parents. Since they have mature adults to look up to and follow, they get thoughtful and sensible before time. Since they have seen their fathers leading the family, they develop a nature to lead from the font from day one. Some of the most successful people in the world are the firstborn such as Barack Obama, JK Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and Kate Middleton.
The middle child
Unlike the firstborn, the middle child looks up to the elder sibling. They are more influenced by their elder sibling than their parents and are likely to develop the characteristics different than the eldest child. If, for instance, the eldest child is calm by nature, the middle child might develop a rebellious personality to seek the attention of parents. Long story short, they form habits opposite to the those of their elder sibling.
There is a good chance that they develop a diplomatic personality. They are good at judging the situation and know how to act in a given situation. Therefore, they can become good negotiators and are more independent than the others. Not only are they aware of their strengths and weaknesses, they know where they can use them to gain maximum benefits. Princess Diana, Martin King Luther, JFK, Madonna and Bill Gates are some of the examples of middle children.
The youngest child
By the time the youngest child arrives, the parents are already experienced, enough to handle the third. They do not face problems raising the youngest. By this time, they are well aware of the things to do and the things to avoid. So, as a result, the youngest child is raised with ease and leniency. The youngest child receives attention and love from parents as well as the siblings.
The youngest children are free from responsibilities; therefore, they have the opportunity to be creative. They don’t feel like being answerable to anyone; they explore the world the way they want. The feeling of being independent allows the children to prove their real potential by being creative. Some of the very successful youngest children are Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey and Halle Berry.
The only child
The only child is also the first child. Therefore, the qualities of the only child and the firstborn will be similar. They receive extra love and care from their parents since they are the only child. Since they have their parents as their role models, they are bound to be successful. They spend their entire lives in the absence of siblings, and they are with adults most of the time. This could result in them either being more responsible or completely going against an accountable behavior.
From the parent’s side, since this is the only child, the child has to work hard to come up to the expectations of their parents. The unconditional love they receive from their parents helps them in becoming extraordinarily ambitious and dedicated professionals. Some of the successful personalities who were the only child are Maria Sharapova, Natalie Portman, Al Pacino and Daniel Radcliffe.