I recently (briefly) read a few articles on birth order characteristics. A friend of mine was doing research on it for her Psychology major and although it is not as reliable as MBTI, I thought it was pretty interesting.....
Birth Order: Characteristics of First Born Children
Smarter? First born children may be smarter than youngest and middle children. First borns' IQ points are on average 3 points higher than their younger siblings; in fact, IQs tend to drop as more children are born in the family. This may be because parents spend more time with first borns, and first born children mentor their younger siblings and thus learn more. However, Aaron Wichman of Ohio State University found that it’s not birth order that affects intelligence, it’s family size (“Older Children Not Smarter Than Younger Sibs, Study Finds.”). Big families can’t offer the same advantages to all the kids that small families can – it’s genetics and the family environment that affects IQ more than birth order.
Better educated. First born children are more likely to go to college or university than youngest or middle children. If parents can afford to send one child to school, it’s more likely to be the first born. Families invest more in first born children than middle or youngest children.
Earn more money. First born children may earn more money and be more likely to hold a high-paying, white collar job. First borns are more likely to be surgeons, chairs in boardrooms, and hold MBAs.
Favorites. First born children are more likely enjoy resources (food, parental time, emotional nourishment, attention) than youngest children. It becomes a cycle: the more first borns are nurtured, the stronger they become – prompting parents to invest even more time, money, and attention.
Birth Order: Characteristics of Middle Children
More mysterious. Middle born children are more difficult to define because their identity growing up changed (from last born to middle child). This affects their personality and environment in unpredictable ways.
Peacekeepers. Middle born children may be more likely to keep peace in the family, to restore connections and relationships.
Less decisive. Middle children may take longer to choose a career than firstborn or later-borns. They may deliberately make opposite choices than firstborns; if the first born is a doctor, the middle child may choose to be a firefighter or policeman.
Less connected. Middle children may not be as attached to the family as first borns or later borns.
Birth Order: Characteristics of Last Born or Youngest Children
More adventurous. Last born or youngest children are more likely to be “loose cannons”, according to an article in Time magazine (“The Power of Birth Order”, Oct 29, 2007). Youngest children are more likely to be an artist, entrepreneur or adventurer – and more likely to participate in physically risky sports.
Funnier. Last born children are more likely to be comedians or satirists. They’ll be outrageous or funny as a power strategy in the family.
More agreeable. Younger children tend to get along in the world better – a trait known as “agreeableness” in the Big Five Personality Traits. Compared to first born children, last borns are less likely to provoke people.
The oldest child description reminds me a lot of xSxJ's or xxTJ's. I am an oldest child and most of my friends from high school were oldest children as well (mostly xSxJ's)...
while the middle children remind me of SP's (both of my younger middle siblings are SPs)
and the youngest reminded me of ExFx, which my youngest sibling is....
anyways, I was just curious to see what everyone's birth order was in relation to their personality type- open to all!