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Does your personality really have anything to do with your birth order? Turns out, it just might. Below, we show you personality traits that are associated with the order you were born – be it first, last, middle or as an only child.

Personality by
Birth Order

Does your personality really have anything to do with your birth order? Turns out, it just might. Below, we show you personality traits that are associated with the order you were born – be it first, last, middle or as an only child.


Firstborn personality traits1

  • Reliable
  • Conscientious
  • Cautious
  • Controlling
  • Structured
  • Successful

Firstborn facts2

  • They get about 3,000 more hours of one-on-one time between the ages of 4-13
  • They typically have an IQ about 2 points higher than children born later in birth order
Famous Firstborns

Famous firstborns3

  • Albert Einstein
  • Winston Churchill
  • Bill Clinton
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • J.K. Rowling


Middle personality traits4

  • Peacemakers
  • People pleasers
  • Negotiators
  • Focused on fairness
  • Open to new things
  • Risk takers

Middle children facts5

  • They’re less likely to develop emotional disorders
  • They’re less likely to act out than their older and younger siblings
Famous Firstborns

Famous middle children6

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Warren Buffet
  • Bill Gates
  • Jennifer Lopez


Youngest personality traits7

  • Fun loving
  • Uncomplicated
  • Manipulative
  • Outgoing
  • Attention seekers
  • Self-centered

Youngest children facts8

  • They’re typically more rebellious
  • They tend to be more creative
Famous Firstborns

Famous youngest children9

  • Voltaire
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Halle Berry
  • Eddie Murphy

Only Children

Only children personality traits10

  • Perfectionists
  • Mature for their age
  • Conscientious
  • Diligent
  • Leaders
  • Self-centered

Only children facts11

  • They’re usually happier
  • They’re typically nicer to others
Famous Only Children

Famous only children12

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Isaac Newton
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Tiger Woods

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