Birth Order is a great way to learn how to work with various people personalities. When you discover this exciting theory discover as their strengths and weakness, and start to learn to discover why their brothers, sisters, and other adults in their lives act the way they do. This book series is a great way to learn to identify with the various people we train.
Here is a brief description of each birth order:
The first born is confident, determined, a born leader, and organized. He is eager to please and likes to please. His weaknesses include feeling stressed because of added responsibilities and often feeling taken advantage of. Some famous first-born people include George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey. If you are doing a group fitness class using that person to be in charge of organizing equipment and putting things away. They love to help.
The middle-born traits include rolling with situations, a great negotiator, making friends easily, and having loyal friends. They are good at reading others and are often entrepreneurs. Often, they feel left out, not as special as the firstborn, and not noticed. Often they suffer from the Jan Brady syndrome, the middle child from the popular 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. Jay Leno, Donald Trump, Susan B. Anthony, and Barbara Walters were middle-borns. These middle borns might have trouble focusing at times during your classes but use them as your socializer with giving them space to give jokes or allow them to socialize in class. Sometimes they can be your greatest salespeople to bring new people in your class.
Last-borns are persistent, great storytellers, and affectionate. They also like to clown around, are jokesters, rule breakers, cravers of the spotlight, financially irresponsible, and spoiled. They also feel left out and take risks for their own safety. Some famous last borns include Copernicus, Harriet Tubman, Drew Carey, Jim Carey, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy, Rosie O’Donnell, and Whoopi Goldberg. Assign the lastborns as the ones who take charge of the filling out cards for those absent due to illness or loss and allow them to share their life with the class.
The only born pays attention to detail, has a good memory, and is not afraid to try new things. They struggle with sharing, often complain of being lonely, and are critical of themselves and others. Elvis Presley, Alan Greenspan, and Al Pacino are only borns. These only borns are great at really letting you know what works and what they think might work in your classes or training sessions. Make them feel important by valuing their opinion.
In conclusion, I would recommend that when both children and adults understand their birth order, change will happen both in themselves and their attitudes toward others. I have learned to be more understanding with my children who are a different birth order than me, and I think they have learned to understand their families better as well.
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and radio and TV personality. He is the best-selling author of The Birth Order Book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and many other books. He is a former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest for American Morning, The View, Oprah, Today, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. Dr. Leman is president of Couples of Promise. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children.
Kevin Leman II graduated with honors from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, in 2000. As a freelance writer/illustrator, he has worked with NBC, Intel, and Disney. When Kevin is not drawing bears, he is happy to be working on the writing staff of the funniest show on daytime television. He lives in Burbank, California, with his beautiful wife and two adorable children. Well, actually . . . he doesn’t have any kids or a beautiful wife . . . but his car has a tape deck!
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