Middle Child Syndrome

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Do middle children really get the short end of the familial stick? Cristen and Caroline explore the psychological history of middle children, the influence of birth order and the cultural biases against the in-between siblings.

Episode sources:

"9 Middle Children Who Came Out On Top" by Amanda Green. Mental Floss. Aug. 13, 2013. http://mentalfloss.com/article/52210/9-middle-children-who-came-out-top

"Birth Order" by Catherin Salmon. Oxford Bibliographies. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199828340/obo-9780199828340-0103.xml

"Birth Order: In the Middle." PBS Kids. http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/family/birthorder/article3.html

"Generation Jan: The X'ers As Middle Children" by Matthew Henry. Untreed Reads. 2012. http://books.google.com/books?id=0xupCB8jKCwC&dq=middle+children+generation+x&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"How Birth Order Affects Your Personality" by Joshua K. Hartshorne. Scientific American. February 2010. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ruled-by-birth-order/

"Luck of the Draw" by Leslie Evans Ogden. New Scientist. September 2013. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/90109199/luck-draw

"The 'Secret' Perks of Being a Middle Child." Talk of the Nation. NPR. Aug. 22, 2011. http://www.npr.org/2011/08/22/139854345/middle-children-secret-agents-of-change

"The Secret Power of Middle Children: How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities" by Catherine J. Salmon and Katrin Schulman. Penguin. 2011. http://books.google.com/books?id=gvtMJS46kP4C&dq=middle+children&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Academic insights:

"Birth Order and Romantic Relationship Style and Attitudes in College Students" by Emily M. McGuirk and Terry F. Pettijohn II. North American Journal of Psychology. 2008. http://www.tpettijohn.net/academic/McGuirk-Pettijohn_BirthOrderandRomanticRelationships.pdf

"The Impact of Birth Order on Romantic Relationships" by Lyndsie J. Murphy. Alder Graduate School. 2012. http://www.alfredadler.edu/sites/default/files/Murphy_MP_2012.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: parenting, family, birth order, Siblings, Family Relationships