The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are
Do you realize that of the first twenty three astronauts in space, twenty one were first borns and the other two were an only child in their family?
Did you know that first borns are natural leaders? They are our CEOs and presidents.
Were you aware th...more
For instance I learned some supposedly need to know things abou myself, givin I am a first born:
1. I am very demending, perfectionist(well maybe i am a bit of a perfectionist!:)),c ...more
He didn't have much more insight beyond the ideas that first borns are either stern perfectionists or overly eager to please, middle children are negotiators, and the baby of the family is a charming iconoclast. He did say that the birth order can start over with large gaps betwee ...more
I was amazed at how much I could fit myself, my siblings, my parents, my husband and his family and my kids into his explainations of how birth order effect our personalities. And I love that he is not so absolute about his definitions either. They r ...more
What I enjoyed about this book was that it helped me understand myself better, which I hope will ultimately make me a better person ...more
* Firstborns tend to be conscientious, well organized, serious, goal oriented, achieving, people pleasers and believers in authority.
* One of the best predictions in life is that whatever the firstborn in a family is, the secondborn in the family will go in a different (and oftentimes opposite)direction.
* The bottom line is that parents expect too much of firstborns.
* A child's personality is pretty well formed by age ...more
His thesis is that birth order plays an important part in making people who they are and that by understanding birth order they can gain important clues about their personality, spouse, children, the kind of job they have and how they get along with their maker (if they believe they have one!). He agrees that birth order “theory” is not based on hard science and is all rather subjective but ...more
Here is what Leman did. I shall create three basic character types. I shall call one the first born, one the middle/second born, and one the baby (or last born). Then I claim to know which one you fit in. Say I call you a first born. Then when I find that you are not a first born I shall redefine my theory, by making you a first born by proxy because you either switched identities with y ...more
I read it to help me understand my middle child better since I couldn't relate to her.
Overall I liked the book and would reccommend it to understand both yourself and your children better.
This was a very interesting (and accurate!) read that I recommend to all!
Very insightful: you'll be thinking about your family and all your friends as you read. I have so many siblings to look at: my half brothers (7, 5, ...more
Dr. Leman is the founder and president of "Couples of P ...more