It’s National Middle Children’s Day! Pop culture has a lot to say about middle children but so does science. According to what we’ve seen in the movies, it’s the middle child who is most likely to get forgotten at the supermarket, or pull a runaway stunt. They are the ones who regardless of their undeniable intelligence and determination are guaranteed to be little troublemakers.
Did you know that Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Scarlett Johansson are all middle children? So are Michael Cera, Joaquin Pheonix and Miley Cyrus. All forces to be reckoned with.
National Middle Children’s Day was started by Elizabeth Walker during the 1980’s. It was her intention to shine some light on those children who were “born in the middle of families” and who from time to time felt just a little bit “left out.” Good for Elizabeth Walker, because no one likes feeling left out.
Now that you know all about Hollywood’s most famous middle children, just what does science have to say about the importance of your birth order? As it turns out, Psychologists haven’t quite decided where they lie on the birth order discussion. While some psychologists believe strongly in the importance your birth order has on your personality, others do not.
When it comes to deciding how your birth order affects your personality, variables like sex, the number of children, family history, parental styles and more must be taken into account before drawing conclusions.
According to a study by Alan E. Stewart from the University of Georgia, the oldest child is the one most likely to take on a leadership role in a family environment. Typically speaking, the oldest child is the one to stick to the rules, and work towards achieving their goals. When it comes to insecurities experienced by eldest children, they may feel as though they are being “dethroned” when younger siblings require more attention from their shared parents.
Youngest children on the other hand often as though they are being patronized, even pampered by older siblings and their parents. As a result, youngest children often end up developing social skills that rely on those in their social circle to do things for them.
And last, but certainly not least – the middle child. With the youngest and the oldest requiring so much of a parental units time and attention, middle children often fly under the radar. That said, middle children often develop strong, independent personalities and superior social skills designed to help them excel both professionally and socially.