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5-6 9:10am Tommy, birth order

May 6, 2014|

Tommy talks to Frank Farley, a Professor at Temple & former President of the APA, about whether birth order affects our personality

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

-- moms -- -- that we welcome doctor Frank Farley professor at Temple University stood and in Philadelphia former president of the American Psychological Association and that parents aren't welcome you with cartoon moms but sometimes it happens. About thank you let -- -- let's talk to -- about this study gay kids that are -- at least four years -- more likely to become high achievers. With even more time -- scene between kids resulting in even more success. And also that the first born are the higher achievers. There is a troll and do you think you know their causes and effects for all that. Well. It's just got a huge question mark over. Let's -- you here done this. I wish I could be more certain about -- authority I think that they are now thousands of the number of the -- the big problem. There all over the place. You know the results are all over the place and some studies has suggested yes first borns are more high achieving etc. And it goes on and on but the methodology is very complicated and it's hard to do. A perfect study in fact there is no perfect study. And you know -- -- its conclusion. In in the -- 20s14. Is that we don't know. In the intelligence. Might. Have some like the relationship to -- order. That is. But not genetic intelligence or is it or learned intelligence. Well now -- race in the implies a psychologist. Even question the incident a lot of we don't even know that it could be due to the kind of interactions in the apparently it could be -- -- size. You know if that family is small. On average -- Samuel -- a little bit better off the typically. And -- spend more money on their kids now on education on the on the other schools itself. Vs a very large family. And so intelligence can be influenced by all of those factors in so we don't know for sure know whether it's the genetic thing or. Something to do with the structure of the family. And so. It's kind of a -- there really is and and very cautious about on conclusions about birth or right -- the people love that idea you know because we all. Grow up in families most of -- due. And we all have theories about you know who are different siblings are -- is it because -- -- the first born in the last more in Europe the middle board. But where science enters the picture it's very murky. And intelligence is the old in me. Has some -- Bowl. You know conclusions to draw but they're very -- conclusions. Wouldn't you say when you have to say when it follows that if the first child is more successful. That only children would be more successful than any album or is there any research indicate any of that -- make enough balls logical assumption here. Well and -- -- that conclusion I have because he is easy. First sport and indeed like an only child. The next morning child isn't for many many many many years later. So -- in the -- grow up almost as the only child and then went along comes as important. So it gets little confusing and complex. That if you're gonna talk about it's scientifically you really if you've got to keep a very low. About it. Anecdotally if you notice anything and certainly we don't want to violate any patient confidence but in general. Have you noticed any correlation link at all. Well I don't see patients -- you know I'm mom researcher professor. And so I look at that the actual research. Well you know we have ideas about our own family. You know and barked. You know I guess it is in my family I'm the last born. But I'm the only one who went to university. Yeah I was gonna say you would have to have some pretty successful. Does siblings still out dude president of the American -- allowed -- the right. Well and that's not to demean your siblings I'm just saying and you've achieved a considerable amount your life. And you know we've talked about that in the family and my three older siblings were girls. And so the argument is that. I bought the extra resources was in the and we were blue collar family support many resources anyway. But that I got the Dexter Reid and the extra attention or resources because I was the only boy yeah. So you know our family has -- theory that the fact that probably everything as a period. How different kids. Do differently and show different personalities. You know. And so it just varies and and you know you'll hear your -- problem may be perfectly legitimate for you your family. But it may not conform to do you know the science. Well and as you say that I'm wonder and and I should have thought about this before but how can this study no mention gender because I know even today people. That think of the sun as the one that -- he is the one and has to go out and earn a living and take care himself and even today. Doctors some people think well eventually you know it in name only will get the girls and education but it's really about who they marry. Yes that's a really good point. And look in some countries China boys are highly doubt -- girls are totally devalued. As I understand it. And there's sometimes even in Tampa side in the work. A baby maybe maybe kill it's it's admirable in some countries. So again how can you talk about birth -- there was talked about gender. Let me ask you one more thing before we let you go on their concerns I guess the family dynamic as it relates to. Children spacing out spacing out children learn those children and -- space out I've -- myself a -- but spacing children out. Like between one years that some people like -- have them in bunches and I don't know how families do it because they're constantly changing diapers than they figure it's out of the way. Others prefer to have some years between the children say in time and out and before we get to the success of that. It isn't their something that they talked about where if you have more than one child -- the kids almost become a subset and I just wonder and if that spacing between the the birth of the children has anything to do with that. Well I don't know -- he you know if you space the kids. That means that some of them. Have prepare. The -- example. -- some of them. And that can actually mean that the parents might have more resources. You know -- you get older you use save money you know you pay off your -- it's separate. So if you have a whole bunch of kids when you're very young and you don't have much in the way of family. In commerce and we resources at that stage of your life as a parent. It's going to be more. Problem for you -- a problem but if the kids as desperate hope. You can make Hamlet. Economically better. And so you know that could be one thing for people consider. Did you say you're the youngest. On did any pictures of you your parents. Many. I IS's tiger reviews on the youngest is well and it seems as though with the first one. They just went crazy and photographed everything second one they took a couple of pictures me by the time they got to me I think there's one picture of me before on twelve. But it might have some to do with the way I look I don't know thank you for your time yeah welcome.

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