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First off, I did not read this book cover-to-cover but rather jumped around to the sections that seemed pertinent to myself and which I could relate back to my family. Some of the birth order factors make sense and has helped me to understand some family dynamics but as the book regularly points out, people's personalities (and hang-ups) are not just explained by birth order. There is the family environment of emotional, economic, etc support, as well as the spacing between children that play a ...more
I read this book many, many years ago, and it was a very interesting read. In retrospect, I think there is a great deal of truth to the idea, but it's not to be taken at 100% face value. There are many other influences on personality, both nature and nurture.