Friday, May 26, 2017

Firstborn theory still alive?

Do you believe the first born child is likely to succeed in business?

Firstborn children tend to be CEOs or politicians than other siblings by 30 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas-Austin, and Sweden's Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

The Atlantic: Why First-Born Children Are Better Leaders

They consider that parents invest lots to their fist born child and that it may contribute to the success of them. Instead, later children are likely to live a freer life.

This hypothesis is at a glance persuasive. Many people feel that first born children are more independent and aggressive. However, there is a possibility of cognitive bias on the image of sibling order. When you notice I am the first child, you begin to identify me as so.

In addition, the so-called generational gap should be taken account. In a later era, it may be difficult to raise a company in some developed countries. Such environmental change is hardly adjustable with technical modification.

I believe family psychology is useful for better understanding of the client at the individual level. However, we should be cautious to generalize some principles to other families we do not know much.

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