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Oldest? Youngest? Middle? Here’s What Your Birth Order Says About You

PureWow Logo By editor@purewow.com (PureWow) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 3: <p>You're likely a natural-born leader. Responsible, obedient and loyal, <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10651698_Beliefs_About_Birth_Rank_and_Their_Reflection_in_Reality">you're likelier to pursue higher education</a> than your younger sibs. And up to <a href="http://ftp.iza.org/dp10560.pdf">30% likelier</a> to land a management position like CEO (and with it, a higher salary), than later-born children. You may read at least an hour a day more than your younger siblings. <a href="https://www.livescience.com/1651-study-older-siblings-higher-iqs.html">And have a higher IQ</a>. Boom. But hold up: What’s the reason behind all these apparent advantages? If you guessed “parental pressure,” you’d be right (as usual). A firstborn child’s “inexperienced, loving parents, often have very high expectations for him,” <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-raise-happy-cooperative-child/201605/the-effect-birth-order-children">writes one expert</a>. Held to a higher standard and eager to please, “The firstborn child can end up feeling very pressured to succeed and become a perfectionist, often equating love with success.”</p>

If You’re The Oldest…

You're likely a natural-born leader. Responsible, obedient and loyal, you're likelier to pursue higher education than your younger sibs. And up to 30% likelier to land a management position like CEO (and with it, a higher salary), than later-born children. You may read at least an hour a day more than your younger siblings. And have a higher IQ. Boom. But hold up: What’s the reason behind all these apparent advantages? If you guessed “parental pressure,” you’d be right (as usual). A firstborn child’s “inexperienced, loving parents, often have very high expectations for him,” writes one expert. Held to a higher standard and eager to please, “The firstborn child can end up feeling very pressured to succeed and become a perfectionist, often equating love with success.”

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