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First Born And Female? Study Finds That Eldest Daughters Are More Likely To Succeed

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First Born And Female? Study Finds That Eldest Daughters Are More Likely To Succeed

Based on recent statistics, it has been proven that the eldest daughter is likely to be the highest qualified of their family due to ambition.

According to a study done by the University of Essex, a firstborn son is 13 per cent less ambitious when compared to a firstborn daughter. If you look at how many accomplished sons have played important roles in our culture, you can imagine the power the eldest daughter has. People like Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are firstborn, as well as many other powerful and influential women.

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Science is now realizing that it’s no coincidence that many of the world’s most accomplished females were born first. Both Beyoncé and J.K. Rowling were born with high ambitions and a strong drive to achieve their lofty goals. Scientific American states that eldest daughters are more likely to succeed by a large percentage when compared to their siblings.

They Naturally Achieve More

While eldest children in general are 16 per cent more likely to go to post-secondary school, it is the girls that are likely to have better qualifications by a 4 per cent margin. When we look at Nobel prizewinners and US presidents, over half of them were firstborns. While it was mostly men that took those honors, the eldest daughter still comes out as more ambitious and accomplished on average. They excel in school due to intelligence, but also have a drive to get to where they want to be.

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They Are Top Scientists

Look at the female scientists that are eldest sisters: Jane Goodall, Dr. Susan Greenfield, and Jocelyn Bell. Not only did they display intelligence, being at the top of their respective fields, but they were also ambitious enough to go beyond what a scientist would normally do. Take Jane Goodall for instance, risking her life to protect the gorillas. That’s an achievement in itself.

They Have Parental Investment

One of the reasons attributed to the eldest daughter being the most accomplished is the time and energy they received as the firstborn. Regardless of the professional statuses of the parents, firstborn children were 7 per cent more likely to continue on with their education than their younger brothers or sisters. The report Sibling Configurations, Educational Aspiration and Attainment followed over a thousand sibling groups. Gender mixes among siblings were studied with no evidence that the second sibling’s sex made a difference when it came to levels of aspiration.

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They Are The World’s Most Powerful Women, According to Forbes

Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Sheryl Sandberg, along with Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé, are all on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women. Each of them are the eldest daughters in their families. To gain this kind of notoriety takes more than just education, there is a certain drive and ambition that these women have.

They Are Statistically More Likely To Achieve Success

A study by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research from the University of Essex proves that the eldest daughter is statistically more ambitious and well-qualified than her siblings. These days, parents are more equal in the way they treat their children, so success is achieved regardless of other advantages.

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Studies showed that if there was an age gap of more than four years between siblings, there would be an improvement in the younger sibling’s level of educational qualifications. The wider the gap, the better the chances. There are many explanations as to why the eldest daughter reaches a higher level of achievement than that of her siblings. It hasn’t been scientifically proven why exactly the eldest daughter is usually more accomplished than her siblings, but the statistics speak for themselves.

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Last Updated on November 18, 2021

10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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