Personality in Birth Order

Tatanisha Wooley

Families with multiple children have faced the birth order dilemma. Depending on your birth order says a lot about your personality. As the oldest in my family I always heard I was the most responsible. My youngest brother hears how cute and adorable he is. Here are some traits on birth order that I noticed as well as some from The Huffington Post.


  • The “responsible” child- you had to be perfect and could do nothing wrong. If you did do something wrong than your parents were like you are setting a bad example.
  • Confident-
  • Conscientious- the oldest will be more aware of decisions and will weigh the pros and cons of their actions.
  • Like Spending Time with Adults
  • Natural Leaders
  • Tendency to be Bossy- Like things to be done their way. I can contest to this when things did not go my way I use to get very upset.
  • Perfectionists- As a result, of their perfectionists the oldest will put pressure on themselves to succeed and reach their goals.
  • Are selfless rather than selfish- They are used to sharing everything that belongs to them


  • The Popular Child
  • According to Huffington Post, the Adaptable Child-Because of the change from youngest to middle they can adapt to situations quicker than other siblings.
  • They are patient
  • They struggle with their roles in the family and will be the child who goes through rebellion
  • They are competitive- Because of their lack of individuality in the family they complete for their parents attention.


  • Charming and the Impulsive Child
  • More Selfish than Selfless- They are used to getting their way in their family
  • Most likely to be indulged in their family
  • Have fewer responsibilities than the other siblings
  • According to Huffington Post, like to have fun
  • They are not taken as seriously as the others
  • Treated as the baby so they do not get the independence they crave
  • According to Huffington Post, most likely take risks
  • They get babied by everyone in the family


According to a Huffington Post article, only child’s tend to:

  • Enjoy the perks of oldest and youngest qualities
  • Are often Confident
  • Socially Mature- they spend a lot of time with adults and they feel most comfortable in social situations
  • Dependent on Parents- They spend more time with their parents
  • Tendency to be Bossy
  • Does not Like to Share- They are not use to sharing