The predictions and assumptions about a child’s future start from his/her birth. The birth order of a child is often used to frame his/her future. Child births and birth order has been a topic of scientific research and lifestyle blogs for decades now.
Birth order theory:
It all started with Alfred Adler of the twentieth century who proposed a birth order theory. This theory states that the birth order of a child and his position among the siblings plays a very crucial role in the personality development and lifestyle changes of a child. Many psychological theories point in this favor.
Apart from this factor there are many other strong and influencing factors that support its observations. They are like
- Childhood attentions
Considering this theory as correct we can look up that birth order may affect the following features of a child’s future:
Personality is the main factor that gets affected by birth order. Many psychological studies relate with this that the child born first has more strong, dominating, and powerful personalities.
The first child often tends to have better and wiser approaches towards a leading future. They mostly are the hard-working ones who shape and carve their own paths in every field.
Whereas, the middle ones and the youngest are usually careless in this regard. The eldest is usually called the experimental child because parents usually experiment with most of their parenting experience on them. Other siblings mostly get the refined version of things which gives them the trait of carelessness.
2. IQ Levels:
According to the studies, the eldest and the youngest have comparatively higher IQ Levels than the middle child. The researches show that there still remains a debate among scientists whether birth order supports this or not.
Eldest has the strong correlations by being the ones to have the privilege of facing every situation all alone which polishes their intellects to handle lifestyle changes. Also, parents usually spend time developing their thinking skills. Dr. Ana Nuevo-Chiquero tells The Telegraph, the American newspaper in an interview.
“It doesn’t mean first-borns get more love, that stays the same. But they get more attention, especially in those important formative years.”
Youngest is supported by the regard that they are more creative and have sufficient time to utilize their thinking in such things.
3. Emotional Stability:
Birth order and the number of siblings also tend to reflect different emotional stability patterns amongst the children. The firstborn are mostly considered and the most emotionally stable. They usually have more thresholds for rough and tough situations.
The middle ones are usually weaker in this regard due to neglected behavior by the parents. They usually suffer from instability in emotional regard. This sometimes may also lead to mental disturbances, being violent or moody.
4. Leadership Qualities:
Among many traits, the birth order also tends to pose this factor in the eldest siblings. They are more creative and careful thinkers who knew how to take things their way with more leadership traits.
- Situation Handlers
Having better leadership traits also provides them with better abilities to handle more rough and tough situations with more rational approaches.
- Powerful position Holders
Leadership traits help them to achieve more powerful positions like being the head of great institutes, industries or the top of their respective fields.
5. Birth spacing:
It is the age gap among the siblings. Studies show this produces variable personality changes when the age gap is five years or more.
The probable cause of this fact is that the developing years of the first child are usually over before the start of the next child.
What about the only child?
The birth order theory usually fails to find the answers related to the only child. They are the ones with no siblings and experience all the privileges and the attention all alone. This results in making them more moody, aggressive, spoiled, and stubborn.
Considering all the above-stated facts in the light it is clear that birth order does not have any direct effect on a child’s future. These are assumptions only that are made for every child’s future. The outcome of a child’s future is mostly an outcome of some of all factors.