BIRTH ORDER and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Story Empire

Hello SE friends,

Recently I read a book that involved the troubled relationship between the oldest daughter in the family and the youngest. It was fascinating and got me wondering about the role of birth order in our characters. I did some research and discovered there are volumes on the topic and plenty of anecdotal materials. So, over the next few posts, I will share some of that information with you.

When we craft our characters, many of us include comments about their placement in the family. We attach traits we’ve experienced with siblings or others close to us. I will explore some of those traits in my posts over the next several months.

Full disclosure, birth order theory is somewhat controversial because, in and of itself, it is not a determinant of someone’s personality. Many other factors include genetics, physical environment, gender, culture, family trauma, and much more. Still…

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2 thoughts on “BIRTH ORDER and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

  1. Birth order is interesting for many reasons. However, you have to guard against confirmation bias when using birth order to explain your own or your siblings’ behaviors or traits. As you mention, there are many factors affecting how a person turns out. Birth order never operates in a vacuum. Thanks for posting.

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