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Firstborn Advantage, The: Making Your Birth Order Work for You Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2008
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Leman points to a variety of variables that play into birth order. For example, if you're from a large family, it's not just the oldest who is a firstborn; there are others with firstborn tendencies. The reasoning is that in a large family of six or eight or more children, the family divides down into subunits. So among the three or four youngest children, one may assume the role as the oldest.
In addition, gender can play a role in firstborn tendencies. Leman writes: "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that if there are four boys and one girl in your family, there's something unique about one of your kids." He points out that both the oldest male and female could have firstborn traits. An age gap of five or more years can also create firstborn traits in a non-firstborn. Other factors that can influence these traits are blended families and significant mental or physical differences among children.
Why is this so important? Because even if you're not a firstborn, you may have firstborn traits. If so, this book is for you! In an easy-to-read manner, Leman takes a good look at the firstborn personality.Read more ›
Dr. Leman is an excellent theorist and practician regarding birth order typology. However, I learned something new about the psychology of the first born-there are people with first born and/or only child characteristics although they were not technically the first borns in their respective families.
I am an only and my mother is a first born. My mother was a typical first born-she loved being in charge and believed that she was always right. As a first born, she was often in conflict with superior staff because she believed that she knew more than they did. Even though we are close, we often clashed because of our strong personalities. I, too, believe that I am right and always gloat about it. I am also fiercely ambitious and believe in achieving the highest and if not, I would be miserable. The Firstborn Advantage is an excellent read and/or a good listen. It can be purchased in either book or cd form. Please purchase this enlightening treatise on the first born experience.
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Everything in this book makes so much sense when you think about birth order! Buy it and check it out for yourself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RScott
I bought this for my son who is my first born. I read the intro and found it very interesting cause it was speaking about my son's character so I bought it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christ4me
Wow the book is boring and really doesn't get started until the last three chapters.Published 12 months ago by Kay Bennett
This is an in depth analysis of the good and bad of being a first born biologically or functionally; based on Dr. Leman's earlier book titled "The birth order book".Published 12 months ago by Dr. Stephen Owusu-Ansah
It's a book on the firstborn advantage. Interesting read into what it means to be the firstborn.Published 13 months ago by Engineer Chick
Great book! So many things make sense about why I am the way I am, as well as my partner. If you are, have a partner or child who is, a first born then I highly recommend reading... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ray
Good read and very interesting. I'm a first born of seven. Wow what different personalities we are.Published 18 months ago by Catherine