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Only child personality traits

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Only child personality traits

What are the personality traits of only children?
In my previous article How birth order affects personality i said that a child's personality is greatly affected by his birth order.

Its quite common for two siblings to have completely different personality traits even though they were raised by the same parents just because their birth order was different.

The special thing about an only child is that he is never dethroned by another siblings. Children who are dethroned by a new born might feel inferior and develop psychological problems as a result of the sudden loss of attention they were used to.

In this article i will tell you about the personality traits of the only child .

The psychology of only children

Only children are usually overly confident if not arrogant. Because no one steals the attention they get from their parents only children get used to being in the center of attention and this usually makes them showy adults.

In my article How to understand people personality traits i said that children grow up trying to extend the environment they used to live in. So the child who was showered with attention will fight for this attention when he grows up in order to feel good.

Only children usually impress adults with their brilliance and intelligence. As a result of growing up with adults around them they learn quickly and develop better life skills provided that they are not spoiled.

If an only child was spoiled he will develop completely different personality traits, for example, he might lack proper life skills, he might lack self confidence and will become overly dependent on others.

Only children personality and socializing

If the only child was allowed to play with other children he will develop the social skills needed and the personality traits that will help him connect with others.

If he was isolated then he might not develop social interest and might not learn how to cooperate with others.

An only child also has got the ability to entertain himself and to feel good on his own as a result of finding himself alone most of the time. This doesn't mean that only children are not social but it only means that they can enjoy the company of others as well as enjoying their own company.

Finally many only children are extremely sensitive to criticism and thus they don't know how to handle it properly.

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