Middle borns were always thought to be confused, boring and dull, untill a recent book rubbished all these claims to establsh that they are infact trailblazers and risk-takers.
The 'middles' have been misrepresented and under-researched, say the authors of the new book, 'The Secret Power of Middle Children'.
AdvertisementAccording to the media, say the book's authors, Catherine Salmon and Katrin Schumann, middle children are often portrayed with the nebulous label 'middle child syndrome.'
"Characterised by neglect, resentment, low creativity, lack of career focus, a negative outlook on life, the feeling that they don't belong, the overall picture is tremendously negative," the Daily Mail quoted the authors as writing.
They were described as 'neglected/overlooked' and 'confused.'
"In reality, contrary to expectations, middleborns are agents of change in business, politics, and science - more so than firstborns or lastborns," they write.
They noted that, contrary to hearsay, 52 per cent of U.S. presidents are middleborn - John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln are just two examples.
The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Charles Darwin, Ernest Hemingway, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Madonna and Bill Gates also hold middle child status.
"They're more motivated by fairness than money when making life choices, and have a deep sense of family, friends, and loyalty. History shows them to be risk takers and trailblazers, yet they do suffer needlessly from poor self-esteem," write the authors.
The book highlights the diplomacy of middle children, who are, say the authors, often peacemakers.
"Middles are self-aware team players with remarkable diplomatic skills. Because they're both outgoing and flexible, they tend to deal well with others-in the workplace and at home," say the authors.