Information about people and current events based on birth order characteristics. The concept of Double Birth order
is shown using as example people who carry the various Double birth orders and how they are different from those with single birth orders.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Ann Landers and Dear Abby: Twins with Double Birth Orders
Esther Lederer - Ann Landers
Pauline Phillips - Abigail Van Buren
the life of two twin sisters who both pursued the same
path, that of advice
columnists.Although twins there were
differences.With every set of
twins,one assumes the higher
order.In their case it was Esther,
known as Eppie, that
was 17 minutes older.
Family Birth Order Diagram
the family diagram and their birth orders.
Helen 1911 #1
Dorothy 1913 #2
5 year space
(Eppie) Pauline 1918 #3/1
(Popo) Esther 1918 #3/2
girls were the third birth so they share Third born
characteristics. These include the ability to understand
and size up situations involving people with almost
ability. They tend to be intuitive and
care most about
condition, but can also be artistic and theatrical.
they show a happy face to the world but can cover
more sensitive side privately.
(Ann Landers) carries the first born characteristics with
born birth order. The firstborn wants to keep the
and will try to be the first and best in everything they
do. They like to wield power over others and at
times can be
in their attempt to get their point across. Failure is not
so life can be difficult trying to please others and be
They feel they have the “right” answers.
(Dear Abby) carries the Second born characteristics with
born birth order. The Second born does
not like to be
to do. They are not as driven as the
Firstborn but know
weak spots and love to point out to them they are not
They are more light hearted and social as they don’t take
twins having Double birth orders they switch between
birth order #3, and their other birth orders a #1 and #2.
are both acting like 3’s they are full of love for each
When they are acting like #1’s and #2’s they are rival siblings.
rivalry is usually strongest between the first and second
children. In their case they were the first and second
second family. The five year gap between the twins and their
siblings created the Double birth order. During their early
were inseparable, both primarily showing the number
order characteristics. They wrote an advice column in
and even had a double wedding ceremony.
dumped her fiancé and two weeks later married the
millinery salesman who she met while shopping
for her veil.
marriage to Jules Lederer founder of Budget Rent -A -Car
years but ended in divorce. He admitted having an
told Esther it was her fault which didn’t help
sister relationship. This would have been typical for a
Two to aggravate the older sibling.
married Morton Phillips heir to the family liquor
Esther felt betrayed when Pauline created her own
column just months after she continued the Ann
Landers column. They would fuel the competitive drive
of their lives.
Their Different Styles
column answers were more friendly then
who was more
abrupt. She resented Pauline’s financial
although both sisters were very successful. Pauline
have a more personal attachment to her readers.
Twins with Double Birth Orders
an interesting example of Twins that ended up with
birth orders. The combination of birth
birth order, creates a more complicated person.
though alike in many ways, exemplify the extreme
birth orders can create.
hear from you if you have any twins in your family?
information about Double Birth Orders my book,
Lifes Fingerprint: How Birth Order
Affects Your Path Throughout
Life; offers a detailed examination of the dynamics of birth
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