Birth order and dating

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Studies show that middle children tend to be more laid-back and serve the role of the family peacekeepers.

According to the book The Secret Power of Middle Children, middle kids also tend to be more open-minded and rebellious than their siblings.

Youngest children tend to be less committed in relationships than their older siblings, taking more of a free-spirit vibe.

According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, last-borns might want to avoid being with fellow last-borns, particularly if they are both prone to carelessness.

It might make sense to conclude that they would want to end up with someone in a similar mindset — someone who would understand the hustle, so to speak.

Like does tend to attract like, and people at this level of ambition tend to run in the same circles, making it even easier for oldest children to date other oldest children. Sonya Rhodes last year argues that alpha females in particular should actually seek "beta" partners — people who are motivated, but not nearly to the intense degree that an older child is.

Even if there isn't a scientific element to how birth order might affect your personality and preferences, there is an undeniable experiential element to it.

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What if our ~one true love~ isn't determined by fate or science or some grand design?

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