Blame It on Birth Order?
Being a middle child may seem like a curse, but this writer isn't so sure.
Not even the experts can decidedly answer that question. Except for a 2007 study, which found that IQ decreases ever so slightly with birth order (results that disgruntled younger siblings everywhere), there has been almost no definitive research on birth order's effects on personality.
"Birth order is the opposite of climate change," explains Harvard Ph.D. student Joshua K. Harsthorne. "While scientists are bewildered that anybody doubts the reality of climate change given the overwhelming evidence, the existence of a birth order effect is highly controversial among scientists and there's relatively little good evidence supporting claims about it, despite its apparent universal acceptance among the public at large."
I used to fantasize about how different my life would be, how different I would be, if my parents were famous artists or writers, if we lived in an apartment in New York City, if I were an only child.
The truth is that, for better or worse, I might have still turned out pretty much the same. Maybe I would have been spared some of the insecurities that came with having a sister a year older. Or maybe not.