Atisha PaulDr. QuaderPsychology of PersonalityBirth Order 4 December, 2017Author Notes:Page 2: History of Birth OrderPage 3: About birth order and effect of personalityPage 3-8: InterviewPage 8-9: Blended Families, Adopted Kids, Families within Families, and Gap ChildrenPage 9- How parent, sibling, and environment play a role in birth order Page 10- ReferenceHistory of Birth Order”One of Adler’s most enduring contributions is the idea that order of birth is a major social influence in childhood, one from which we create our style of life. Even though siblings have the same parents and live in the same house, they do not have identical social environments. Being older or younger than one’s siblings and being exposed to differing parental attitudes create different childhood conditions that help determine personality.”  Theory of Personality pg 139″Alfred Adler (1870–1937) was a pioneer in the study of birth order. His research suggested that the position a child had by the order of birth significantly affected the child’s growth and personality. Research in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century shows even greater influence, contributing to intelligence , career choice, and, to a certain degree, success in adulthood. Being born first, last, or somewhere in the middle of itself is not of significance. What matters is how that birth order affects how a child is treated by parents and other siblings and how that child feels about it. Other factors also influence the child’s socialization and the parents’ expectations. Birth spacing, gender, physical attributes, and being a twin also affect personality formation and the interpretation of birth order and behavior. These factors influence how parents treat children and how each child is viewed by the other siblings.”What is birth order?Birth order is a chronological order where children are automatically placed when born into a family.Does Birth Order have an affect on your Personality?I think that personality have and affect on your personality depending on the parenting style and the way they treat their children’s. On a website called forus on the family it said that ” how a child uses his inborn traits whether those will be strengthened or subdued will be influenced throughout his childhood by three or four factors: Relationships. Your relationship with your child will have a greater impact on him than that of any other person, so do all you can to nurture him. Also seek to help him develop mutually uplifting relations with siblings, grandparents, friends and others. The way he is educated. Be involved in your child’s education to ensure that your child’s classroom is suited to his makeup. I’m not suggesting that you ask his teacher to cater to your child but to be sure she recognizes his personality traits, builds up his strengths, and encourages him to overcome weaknesses. In some cases, you may even decide that homeschooling is the best option for you and your child. The environment in which he lives. Make sure your household provides your child a rich environment — and I’m not talking about material trappings. Two children with similar personalities one of whom isn’t appreciated or encouraged and another who is supported while he explores his interests and passions — will respond differently to life. Trauma in early childhood.  This last influence may be important to consider if you are raising a child who has been abused or neglected. You may have difficulty separating his innate character traits from those that have evolved out of fear of punishment.  One adoptive father noticed his child’s compulsion to clean or organize but recognized that his preference for keeping his room neat could either indicate the child’s innate love for order or stem from fear. It is possible the child thought that he had been beaten for not keeping his room clean or mistakenly thought neatness would help him be more accepted. Since they were not sure what drove his neatness, this child’s adoptive parents were careful not to focus too much praise on that behavior.” “In a healthy home, a child’s strongest traits generally will follow him from infancy through adulthood. Some kids truly do love to line of up their things in organized ways, from their shoes to their toys! And those strong, innate traits are likely to impact both of you on a daily basis.”Interview : I interview people who were firstborn, middle, youngest, and the only child in their family and these were their answer to the questions i asked.Older Child:Traits : Natural leader, act just like their parents, they want thing done their way, responsible, controlling, caregivers, crowd pleasers, team player, reliable.How many siblings do you have?Answer: 3How does your parent treat you?Answer: My parents treat me differently, my mom pays more attention to me whereas my father pays more attention to my brothers. How does your other sibling treat you?Answer: They annoy me but they all try to protect me How do you feel throughs your other siblings?Answer: I wouldn’t change anything ,They push me to become something.Are you closer to your other siblings?Answer: I’m closer to one than the other two Describe your siblings in three words?Answer: Energetic, Fighters, and Loving What is some things your siblings can do, that you can’t do?Answer: play footballWhich one of your siblings are the closest to your parents?Answer: My youngest brother is closest to my dadHow does being the oldest child affect the way you are as a person?Answer: It affected me because  my parents push me more to becoming the person I am today Do you have a lot of responsible as the oldest child?Answer: Yes maybe too muchDifferent type of oldest child: There is complaint and the aggressive. The complaints firstborn are caregivers, crowd pleasers, team player, and reliable and aggressive first born are natural leaders and perfectionist who want things done their way,Middle Child:Stereotype: Has a large social circle, peacemaker, feel left out,  people pleasers, and somewhat rebelliousHow many siblings do you have?Answer: oneHow does your parent treat you?Answer: Fairly decent how does your older sibling treat you?Answer: Which one of your siblings are the closest to your parents?Answer: my brotherDescribe your siblings in three words?Answer:  ActiveHow do you feel throughs your other siblings?Answer: What is some things your siblings can do, that you can’t do?Answer: Throw tantrum and not get in trouble for it Do you like being the middle child? Why or Why not?Answer: How does being the middle child affect the way you are as a person?Answer: Youngest Child:Traits :  Outgoing, people pleaser, attention seeker, self centred, manipulative, spoiled, free spirit , and charming.How many siblings do you have?Answer:  one oldest sister How does your parent treat you?Answer: my parents treat me the same as my older sisterDo you like being the youngest child? Why or why not?Answer: yes because i can get away with a lot How does your older sibling treat you?Answer: she is rude to me most of the times  Are you the closest to your parents?Answer: yesDescribe your siblings in three words?Answer: Rude, Kind, and annoying How do you feel towards your other siblings?Answer: Much love but just too annoying What is some things your siblings can do, that you can’t do?Answer: She can go out more and get more freedom How does being a youngest child affect the way you are as a person?Answer: It affects me in a good way because as the youngest you always get more leeway than the older childOnly Child:traits: Leaders, mature for their age, responsible, spoiled, and diligentDo you like being an only child? Answer: Yes because I learned to adjust to it over time Do you wish you had a sibling(s)? Answer: No because I feel like having siblings with change everything about the way I live my life and how I have grown and my personality. How do you think being an only child has affected you growing up? Answer: It taught me how to be independent but dependent at the same time How do your parents treat you?Answer: With extra love and care Do have many friends?Answer: Yes Is it lonely growing up alone? Answer: No How do you think you would have been different if you had not been an only child? Answer: Yes, I feel like I would be more responsible of a lot of things and not depend on certain things and people.Conclusion: When interviewing these four people i think that firstborn and only child are similar to each other because Blended Families:This is when a parent get divorced and one parent remarry to someone who have kids already for instance a firstborn child might have an stepbrother or stepsister who is the oldest  or the baby and all that attention would turn to them.Adopted Kids:”The age at which the child is adopted is a key factor in which traits the child is most likely to exhibit .The younger the child is at adoption, the more time he will spend under the adoptive parents’ care and adopt his position in the existing family tree. For instance, if a firstborn 1-year-old is adopted by a family with a 4-year-old child, the adopted child will likely fall into the role of the baby, despite the fact that he is biologically a firstborn child. However, if a firstborn child is 7 years old when he is adopted into a family with a 10-year-old child, the adopted child will still act like a firstborn even though he has an older brother.” Families within Families:When a parent have twins and one twin don’t feel like the middle child they both feel like the first child or the baby of the family it doesn’t matter if one is born first  and the next one born one minute later. Gap Children:”If you have a gap of at least five years in between births, another family begins in the birth order structure for example A 2-year-old boy with a newborn brother and an 8-year-old older sister isn’t going adopt middle-child traits, but rather those of a firstborn.” In my family there is a 5 year gap difference between me and my sister, my sister she take the first born traits because she act just like my parents and i take the middle child traits.How parent play a role in birth other:Parent raise their kids differently because when someone have their first child they would be over protected and but when a they have their next child they are very lenient to them and their next child their parenting style change it’s like whatever i already raised two healthy kid who turn out great.How does sibling play a role in birth order:I think that siblings play a role in birth order because firstborn Reference http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/anthropology-and-archaeology/anthropology-terms-and-concepts/birth-orderhttps://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-development/birth_order/http://www.parents.com/baby/development/social/birth-order-and-personality/https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/schoolage-children/your-childs-personality/your-childs-personality

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