21 Dec 2023

Bossy eldest, creative second: does birth order matter?

From Nine To Noon, 11:25 am on 21 December 2023

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If you're the eldest child, the stereotype would have us believe you're responsible, conscientious and a bit bossy.

Second born - more chilled out and creative and the youngest? Spoilt! But does birth order really influence personality?

The evidence is not really there, says neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis, and personality is more to do with the circumstances into which we are born.