Birth Order: A lot of fuss about nothing? Conversation introduced by Yvette Fidler, Café Psychologiste.
It’s not hard to see that growing up with brothers and sisters will have an effect on you. Also that not having any makes a difference. However there is a widespread belief that the order you arrive in your family has a significant impact too.
One version of this has it that the eldest child on average will be given more privilege, take more leadership and have more career success. Similar ways of looking see middle children likely to be more focussed on relationships and better as team players, and youngest children as more risk-takers, funny and eager to please.
Ask people themeselves and eldest children often feel they had to take more than their fair share of responsibility, middle children feel their needs are overlooked, and youngest children feel they are not taken seriously.
Then there’s the question of only children: either feasting on their parents’ or caregivers’ exclusive attention, or lonely and excluded with no natural playmates and lacking the opportunity to learn to compete.
Or maybe none of this matters, and genetics and the way you are brought up all have much more effect than the random place you occupy in your family.
Chat and think over a drink. Café Psychologique builds on the idea of the Café Scientifique movement and other Café such as Café Philosophique.
Hosted by Chris Powell.
8.00 pm to 9.45 pm. £4 on the door.