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If You’re A Second-Born, You’re Likely To Be The Most Troublesome

Living with your siblings is definitely a rollercoaster ride.

One moment you love them, the other you want to rip off their face. It just is that way. Anyone with siblings knows what I’m talking about. It’s a love-hate relationship that we have no choice but to live with.

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There are different types of siblings.

We have the smart-ass, also known as the know-it-all. Then, we have the loser who is bad with everything and breaks everything they touch.

And finally, our personal favourite, we have the trouble maker.

The one that’s usually doing crazy stuff and almost always gets caught with it. They have a PhD in lying and messing things up.

This usually happens when you’re second in line.

You have to compromise a lot of things when you’re the younger one. You can’t do certain stuff because your elder sibling messed it up that one time and now nobody in the house is allowed to do it anymore. You show your parents something, and it doesn’t get appreciated like it should because your sibling did the same thing first.

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No, I’m not making all of this up. It is backed by research.

An MIT economist named Joseph Doyle issued a report which claimed that the second born child (especially male) is most probably the troublemaker of the family.

The report says: “The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational two-year-olds, you know, their older siblings,” Doyle told NPR. “Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labour market and what we find in delinquency. It’s just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time.” 

Doyle and his colleagues researched pairs of brothers in the USA and Europe to prove their study. And in most of the cases, the second sibling was deprived of parental attention, which is why 25-40% of them get in trouble in school or attempt to break the law.

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Now that you have this very crucial information, you can move on with your life in peace.

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