My little brother fills all of these characteristics; one minute last children are spoiled and the next they are getting made fun of.In self defense these ‘baby’s’ grow up with an independent cockiness to shield them from their own feelings of self doubt.The general consensus is that they will be opposite the first born.
They are much more accepting of change, adventure, and more rebellious then the first borns.
"When they rebel, they do so largely out of frustration, or compassion for others, rather then from hatred or ideological fanaticism" (Sulloway p. From my reading it is quite clear that second borns intimidate the first borns in the way they act.
Because the middle child never had the full attention of the mother they learn to negotiate and compromise with others.
They will do almost anything not to disrupt the peace in their lives.
It is important to remember that a spoiled child is a dependent child. When they try to suppress these feelings can come across as a form of intimidation to the other siblings.
First born children tend to also be over achievers and workaholics."They may exaggerate the importance of law and order and become power hungry conservatives.On the other hand, by fighting for the lost love of their mother they may become high-tempered, critical, and rebellious, or resigned, hopeless, and peevish" (Alder p. Alder reasoned that firstborns were often the subject of excessive attention which led to them being spoiled."First borns automatically fit into the category labeled "advanced".It isn’t their idea, but with only adults for models they naturally take on more adult characteristics.The last in line the mother usually pours the attention on her baby.Youngest children are often outgoing charmers, family clowns, craving attention. There is an undependablity in the emotions of a last born child; one minute they are happy, carefree, outgoing, and the next they are rebellious and hard to deal with.They may try to compete with them or they may branch off in a completely different direction.What ever they choose for their life style they will all branch off from the first born child.The other side can be strict in discipline, demanding, always pushing and encouraging more and better performance" (Leman p. Personality although not completely dependent on birth order relies heavily on which order one was born in.Birth order effects are a result of a competition among siblings as they fight for family prominence.