Scientists: the first children in the family are not smarter than the rest & nbsp
For decades, psychologists have investigated the phenomenon of the firstborn. Many believed that children born first in a family have better mental abilities and talents than subsequent brothers and sisters. Recently, German researchers have determined that this statement is not true.
Find out what defines a person’s abilities and what kind of child gets the most talents from our material.
The order of birth does not affect the person – this is confirmed by the results of a new study.
Scientists have been arguing for years about whether it is true that the firstborn get the best. This debate began in the early 1920s with the advent of the theory of psychotherapist Alfred Adler. He argued that the older children are the most successful, the middle ones are independent and healthy, and the younger ones are friendly.
The status of the child depending on the order of his birth is still of interest to the public. Everyone is looking for the roots of their successes or failures in their origins, namely, in the order of birth.
New studies have shown that this theory in most cases is not confirmed. Scientists of the Berlin Institute for Human Development. Max Planck analyzed the biographies of 84 discoverers and 103 revolutionaries to find out if these innovators had older brothers and sisters. Biologist and author of the theory of the evolution of the human race Charles Darwin was the fifth of six children in a family. The revolutionary and abolitionist Harriet Tabmen, who fought against slavery in the United States, was the middle sister in a family with nine children.
Experts considered and modern sources. They interviewed 1507 Germans who have brothers and sisters, and also used information from 11,000 families, taken from 1984 to 2017. Scientists did not find a relationship: the firstborn were not always the most successful. Discoverer Christopher Columbus was the eldest among five children in the family. The mountaineer who climbed the Chimborazo volcano, Alexander von Humboldt was the younger brother of the Prussian philosopher Wilhelm and Edmund Hillary, who first conquered Everest. Humboldt had an older sister and younger brother. Che Guevara, an Argentine Marxist, leader of the Cuban Revolution, was the eldest among five children in the family. Rosa Luxemburg, a Polish revolutionary, was the youngest of five brothers and sisters. Dictator and revolutionary Joseph Stalin was born the third in a row, the older children died before his birth. Studies of modern data show that younger children are more risky than older ones. This is especially evident in the family business. Scientists have found that when a person is looking for a couple or like-minded person, most of all reaches out to the person who was born under the same “ordinal number” as he.
In this project, however, there are a lot of white spots. First, the results cannot be applied to the whole world, because most of the data taken into account in the study is about rich Western families. Secondly, there are those who were the only child in the family. The reasons for success or failure are in ourselves. Being born under a lucky star is only the beginning of the journey, and how we go through it depends on our perseverance and the desire to achieve the best. The first in a row does not mean the first in life: scientific studies have confirmed this.
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Source: Daily Mail