Is Birth Order Theory Baloney?

Anxiety in Children

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Birth order has no measurable effect on personality traits, suggests an analysis of data on 20,000 people in Germany, the U.S., and the U.K., published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Over the years many people have claimed that birth order can have a lasting impact on personality—that first-borns tend to be more dominant or perfectionists, for instance.

But the researchers found no link between birth order and traits, including extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability. They did confirm previous findings that population-wide, older siblings have slightly higher IQs.

Even so, they estimated that a younger sibling “will still be smarter than his or her older sibling in 4 of 10 cases.”



Hi, I'm Vicky. Welcome to my blog!

I started my career as a therapist, and soon I became interested in children's psychology. I've always known about the importance of mental health, but over time I realized most of our adult disorders, particularly anxiety, has deep roots in childhood. I believe that's when we have to act, so we can help our children to become happy adults.

In this blog, I've compiled articles to clarify some of the asumptions of anxiety in children, and share some tips and advice for parents on how to best help them to manage it.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find something to help you along the way.



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