Turns Out, Being The Middle Child Basically Makes You A Better Human Than Your Siblings
For most, being the middle child is tough. Where the oldest child is praised for their high motivation and the youngest child is coddled as the baby of the bunch, the middle child is praised for neither.
In most families, being the middle child means being severely underestimated by their family members – something that causes these middle children to seek attention in highly creative ways.
Middle Child Syndrome
A large portion of middle children suffer from a psychological mindset known as “middle child syndrome.” Since the oldest and youngest siblings receive the most attention, the middle child often feels inadequate, excluded, and outright forgotten.
They deal with many harmful stereotypes from their parents, such as lacking drive or being prone to extreme jealousy. Yet, these generalizations could not be farther from the truth.
Hounds Of Justice
According to Katrin Schumann’s hit novel The Secret Power of the Middle Child, middle children have a tendency to be more concerned about social justice than their siblings. Schumann speculates that this tendency is because middle children feel like they have gotten unfair treatment and neglect from their family, so they want to change it.
In addition, middle children are typically great at socializing. Because they grew up negotiating with both the youngest and the oldest in their family, the middle child is forced to develop excellent social skills in order to get what they want. However, the perks of being a middle child don’t stop there.
Best Of Both Worlds
In an interview for Parents magazine, Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist, said that middle children occasionally get the “best of both worlds” when it comes to their siblings’ personalities. He suggests that a middle child can learn leadership from their older sibling and emotional manipulation from their younger sibling.
In this sense, middle children have the chance to become the ultimate negotiators – which makes total sense given our presidential history. In fact, a staggering 52% of all United States presidents were middle children. So, while they may be forgotten in their youth, they will be more than memorable as adults.
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