Whether you’re the eldest, youngest, or you land somewhere in the middle of the “pack,” research has shown that your birth order can have a powerful influence on your personality traits. Want to learn more about your own? Read on to pinpoint where you fall in the family and what it means for you.
If you are…
The First Born: You’re an Assertive Go-Getter
You’ve heard that firstborns tend to be determined, but you may be surprised that this is even more true of women, per a study, which found that female “firsts” are 13 percent more ambitious than their male counterparts! In short, you’re alpha in every way that matters.
The Middle Child: You’re a Loyal Confidant
Poised and politic, you’re a natural diplomat, thanks largely to the fact that you grew up honing your peacemaking skills by navigating conflicts between two “warring factions:” big sib and little sib. Wise and empathetic, you’re a trusted advisor to loved ones.
The Youngest: You’re a Visionary
Your place in the family afforded you more freedom to discover your talents and explore new interests on your own, say researchers. The result? You’re a fiercely independent, even slightly rebellious, individual that fearlessly forges your own path. No wonder studies show that youngest children tend to be the most openminded — and the most likely to start their own businesses!
One of Many: You’re a Team Player
Coming from a big brood prepares you for life in both explicit and implicit ways, as you learned how to do everything, from negotiating artfully to playing well with others, almost from the womb. Incredibly adaptable, you have a knack for getting along with and coordinating large groups of very different individuals.
An Only Child: You’re Imaginative
Because you tended to spend more time around adults as a kid, you perfected your communication skills at an early age, and likely have an impressive vocabulary, studies suggest. It makes perfect sense that you’re known for your wit and imagination, and bring a sophisticated sensibility to passion projects and professional responsibilities.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.