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Common Birth Order Traits

Simplistic or Significant?

To what degree do these classic birth-order characteristics match with your family?

Oldest

Birth Order Characteristics

Responsible

Conservative

Doesn’t make waves

Follows parents’ wishes

Emotionally intense

Authoritarian

Perfectionist

Driven

Surrogate parent

Leadership material

Middle

Peacemaker

Negotiator

Highly attuned to needs of others

Doesn’t like to follow authority

Creative

Independent

Peer-focused

“Chameleon”

Youngest

Comical/entertaining

Highly social

Laid back

Dependent

Creative

Unconventional

Few expectations of self

Related reading: Birth Order: What It Means for Your Kids … and You

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