Are firstborn children really destined for success? Not according to the latest science
hat do strippers and scholars have in common? There is some evidence that they are more likely to be firstborn children, like me. The over-representation of firstborns in these professions, according to a 1975 research paper, could be down to the fact that “both groups have especially intense needs for recognition, attention, and approval”. Another explanation, of course, could be that the stripper study was based on just 35 people (of which 31 were firstborn) and is thus completely meaningless. But I think I prefer the original theory.