Are you an oldest, middle, youngest or only child? What effect has your birth order had on your life? In this classic work, Karl König attempts to explain the various characteristi of first-, second- and third-born people, without losing sight of the tremendous individuality of the human being. Just as our environment shapes our language, social behaviour and mannerisms, so our place in the family also determines how we encounter life. This book is a fascinating handbook for parents, teachers and carers. Over the years it has become a definitive reference on the subject of child development.