10 Ways That Birth Order Affects Your Life


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Where you exist in your family’s birth order can profoundly inform your path in life, whether because of genetics or simply the way that family members tend to treat firstborns vs. middle children vs. youngest children.  Psychologists have been debating the “Why?” since the 1800s, but, as ConvergEx’s Nick Colas notes, the outcome is certain regardless of the cause – the effects of birth order last for a lifetime… If you had to size up a stranger and you could only ask them one question, what would it be?  For me, the answer is simple: “Where are you in the birth order of your siblings?” Are you a first/only child, or a later born? The answer is quite telling. By virtue of genetics or childrearing (the debate rages there), birth order matters a lot to the person you become.

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