Some of parents feel happier when they have only child and another parents feel happier too when they have more than one child; but most of those parents don’t know that their children will have mental disorders if the don’t have good information about mental health.
Let’s discuss this issue in simple information, it may be useful to my readers.
The birth order and the relationships with siblings are thought to have a strong influence on how individuals perceive themselves and interact with others. Sibling rivalries that begin in early childhood are seen to have lasting psychological effects.
Adler was the first theories to note the importance of the child’s mother, father, other adults and the child’s brothers and sisters on the child. He is probably most well-known for his consideration of birth order. Again though, Adler viewed these orders as useful, but not definitive.
An older child is more likely to be pampering. The parents have only one child to care for, so they may take special care, perhaps filled with anxiety, of their only child. However, if the parents are abusive, the child will have to bear that abuse alone.
The first child is an only child until the second child arrives. The child has been the centre of attention and then suddenly is lost. The child may initially try to regain their lost position. They may try acting like a baby (as it works for the baby), but then are told to grow up. They may become disobedient, sullen and withdrawn. Adler argued that first children are more likely to become problem children than any other children. They are often precocious, maybe solitary and more conservative than their siblings.
The Second child is in a different position. The first child is the pace setter, so the second child may become competitive trying to overcome the older child. They may succeed but may feel that the race is never over; they will constantly run but not get anywhere. Other middle children tend to be similar to the second child but focus on another “competitor”.
The youngest child is more likely to be pampered in a family with more than one child. He or she will never lose their position or be “dethroned”. So youngest children are second most likely to be problem children after the first child. The youngest may feel very inferior to the others and therefore superior. The youngest may be driven to exceed the others.
It is important to bear in mind that these relationships may not be obvious. For example, if there is a big gap between a first and second child, the first child and second child could potentially have characteristics of an only child. Adler argues again that these birth orders should be considered in the individual’s circumstances.
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