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The Effects Of Birth Order On Personality

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Middle Children

Middle children are quite often the most difficult children to both read and to raise. Middle children are quite often referred to as the "Mysterious Middle Child", this is due in large part to the fact that there are two types of middle born children. Tese two types of middle borns are not as clearly defined as the two types of first borns, they do not possess simple "names", therefore for confusion's sake we will refer to them as Middle Born #1 and Middle Born #2.
Middle Born #1
  • Loner
  • Quiet Shy
  • Impatient
  • Uptight

Middle Born #2

  • Outgoing
  • Friendly
  • Loud
  • Laid back
  • Patient

Middle born children are quite difficult to pin down, however they tend to be the opposite of their older sibling. There are however, a few characteristics that both types of middle born share.

Common Traits

  • Flexible
  • Diplomatic
  • Rebellious
  • Attention seeking
  • Competitive
  • Peacemakers

Strengths V.S. Weaknesses

Peacmakers, mediators, able to keep secrets, not spoiled, take risks, are realistic, get along well with others, read people well, independent, loyal to supporters, competitive, and imaginative.
Hates confrontation, stubborn, cynical, suspicious, and rebellious.
Choose careers that allow them to be creative such as: sales, art, advertising, or a career that requires negotiating, well suited for management because of level headedness, and the ability to be unbiased.
Do not do well with a heirarchy system, don't like strict rules, prefer to work at their own pace, and therefore may not complete tasks on time, do not work well with details, do not work well with cut and dry material, prefer to make things more creative than needed.

Teacher w/pre-school students
Middle born children, are usually the children with the most friends, and get along best with others

Fun Facts
  • Famous middle born children: Donald Trump, Ted Kennedy, Tim Allen, Julia Roberts, and Rosie O'Donnell
  • Love to stand out
  • Want to "do their own thing"

Copyright 2005, Samantha Murphy