Psychological Birth Order

Biological birth is connected to the natural procedure/process of physically giving birth, and also to what order a person got born into the household/family unit, for instance, the firstborn kid to a family of 3 kids. Besides, birth order is believed to impact personality development.

The psychological birth order gets connected to the emotional and mental life phenomena. The psychological birth order might relate more significantly to the tasks that siblings create or get ascribed other than to the actual birth order. Besides, Adler did emphasize how every individual has a self-perceived position or place in the family.

Utilizing Adler’s framework, the 1st born child would probably undertake a leadership position (Carlson, 2013). Also, the firstborn is sensitive to getting “dethroned” by the younger siblings who tend to take away the parents’ attention. Firstborns are trusted to be more traditional or conservative and are seen as leaders who adhere to rules as well as submit to authority. Usually, they are more conforming and ambitious.

On the other hand, the younger child might feel inexperienced and less capable and gets pampered by the older siblings and parents. Therefore, the youngest kid may develop some social skills that are going to get other individuals to perform or do things for them. Moreover, the youngest children are regularly viewed as irresponsible, immature, and pampered.

The middle kid, who is frequently ignored, tends to feel rejected and robbed. The child may as well develop specific good social skills to keep away from getting ignored. Middle-born children get considered more rebellious as well as more probable to challenge authority. Besides, they are regularly family peacemakers and become professionals at negotiation. Adler did believe that the middle child is at risk of becoming discouraged.


Carlson, J., & Slavik, S. (2013). Techniques in Adlerian psychology. Taylor & Francis.