The relation between your birth order and your personality, IQ may be irrelevant

A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois reveals that the order of your birth (in your family) has no bearing at all on your personality.

This despite years of psychologists’ hypotheses and opinions that suggested that being the first born, last born or middle child may explain the way one acts and behaves with others.

Researchers in the department of psychology lead by Professor Brent Roberts studied 377 000 high school students to find out how much birth order affected their personality development and intelligence.

Overall, the association between birth order and personality was statistically 0.02 which is well below the level of perception.

CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi discussed this with her listeners and the topic evolved into a comparison of lighter and darker skinned family members, and then into confronting ‘horrible aunts’ and other relatives.

Listeners on birth orders:

On fairness and complexion:

On horrible aunts:

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:


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