I've been learning a lot about myself and others through this book: The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman. Who wouldn't love a book that has a section entitled "The World Needs More Unspoiled Middleborns"?
I counted the number of pages in The Birth Order Book, and fewer are devoted to the middle children than any other birth order! What gives?
Middle Child Reader
So what? What’s the big deal? Besides, you’re used to it. Get a life!
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B. Middleborn: mediator, compromising, diplomatic, avoids conflict, independent, loyal to peers, has many friends, a maverick, secretive, used to not having attention
C. Lastborn: manipulator, charming, blames others, attention seeker, tenacious, people person, natural salesperson, precocious, engaging, affectionate, loves surprises
D. Only child: little adult by age seven, very thorough, deliberate, high achiever, self-motivated, fearful, cautious, voracious reader, black-and-white thinker, talks in extremes, can’t bear to fail, has very high expectations for self, more comfortable with people who are older or younger.
There you have it. Now you can interrupt all you want about how you’re an exception to the rules.