Excerpted with permission from Griffith, Jane & Powers, Robert L.
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psychological birth order position
( birth order position )
Adler was the first theorist in modern psychology to note the significance of psychological birth-order position in the development and dynamics of personality, and to note the impact of the child on the family system. In Adlerian Psychology, psychological birth-order position is to be distinguished from ordinal position. Psychological birth-order position is the vantage from which the child perceives and evaluates self, others, and the worth, and from which the child forms convictions about what is required of him or her, given the hereditary endowment and the environmental opportunities of the situation.