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:
Challenge with growing the only child is. Later yu don't understand when you can't get something you want. u become frustrated @reditlhabi— Sixo (@SixoGcilishe) July 22, 2015
My experience, elder siblings is that they are teacher orientated. Also more reserved elder siblings in comparison to younger @RediTlhabi— Frank jr (@ZeenyFBaby) July 22, 2015
On fairness and complexion:
@RediTlhabi,Mariais correct,my neighbors daughter is a middle child and dark in complexion. she's the least favorite. She's just different— Black Salad (@havilanilla) July 22, 2015
Hayi I disagree I am the lighter 1 in the family and the 3rd born mara I never got attention @RediTlhabi— Seitshiro (@Seitshir0) July 22, 2015
On horrible aunts:
@RediTlhabi I was ridiculed Redi for my rickets by the entire family of aunts and uncles but today I am the popular one.— Ms Nelly GN (@Ootyhopho) July 22, 2015
@RediTlhabi your success will shut those negative aunts mouths. I believe they're actually bitter about their own failures— Thesna Aston (@ThesnaAston) July 22, 2015
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show: