Friday, January 4, 2013
Petraeus, Broadwell and the Tampa Twins: A Birth Order Analysis
The year 2012 would not have been complete without a sex
scandal at the highest level of Government. General David
Petraeus resigned from his post as the head of the CIA
when it was revealed that he was having an affair with his
biographer. This information was made public just after the
election though many thought that this investigation which
was started by the FBI in June was suppressed for political
reasons. A look at all the birth orders of all the players
should give us a little more insight into their behavior.
Double Birth Orders
All the players in this affair have Double birth orders. This
occurs when there is a space of four or more years
between a sibling or a group of siblings.
Here are examples of both types.
Ordinal #’s Double/ Only Mixed Mixed
Sibling 1 Sibling 1/0 Sibling 1/0 Sibling 1
Sibling 2 4yr 4yr Sibling 2
Sibling 3 Sibling 2/0 Sibling 2/1 4yr
Sibling 4 4yr Sibling 3/2 Sibling 3/1
Sibling 3/0 Sibling 4/3 Sibling 4/2
People with Double birth orders can show more complex
personalities than those with only single birth orders. When
coupled with the Only birth order they increase the intensity and
power of their own birth number and its characteristics. People
with double ordinal numbers are hard to pin down as they shift
between their two birth orders, one personality to another.
General David Petraeus 2/0
November 7, 1952 he has an older Cornwall, N.Y.
sister Carol, born in 1947. Since 5 years separate them he
carries a two/only double birth order. People with this double
birth order have an enormous amount of control over their
own lives. As a number two they don’t seek the top position
but like the low profile support role. Many times they are
elevated to the top position but this is an uncomfortable spot.
The two/only birth order has the ability to focus and solve
problems. They have a high pain threshold which is one of
their unique characteristics. The secretive nature of the
number two birth order is increased with the addition of the
Only birth order.
In high school David was known as an excellent student but not
the valedictorian. He played soccer but was not the captain of
the team but a team player. At
West Point he was at the top of
his class and very active in sports even though he was smaller
then most of his classmates. He could push himself and did,
getting both a masters and doctorate degrees in just a few
short years. He prides himself on his fitness coming back
quickly from a shattered pelvis and a bullet wound to the chest.
He often challenges younger soldiers to push up contests.
This scandal would be devastating for a person with this birth
order. The need for secrecy in his private affairs has been lost.
To these people it is a window into their world that they would
prefer to remain closed.
Holly Knowlton Petraeus 4/3
His wife Holly, was the daughter of the Superintendent of West
Point, a four-star general. They married just after his
graduation. She has a four/three double birth order. She has
three older brothers, the first separated from the three
younger siblings by four years.This gives all the younger
siblings double birth orders without the addition of the Only
This affair would come as a complete shock to a person with
this double birth order combination. The four is the baby in
the family and feels others look out for them. The three is the
sensitive intuitive person that has great empathy for others.
She would have a hard time understanding how she could be
Paula Broadwell 3/0
Paula Broadwell, the mistress biographer, was born in
with two older brothers. She was 4 years younger than
her second brother giving her the three/only double birth
order. This is the birth order of the “drama” queen and a
person who is not shy and has a big personality, they go
after what they want. In high school she was a basketball
star, homecoming queen, and valedictorian. She was
voted “most likely to be remembered” by her classmates.
She shares this birth order with both Shirley Temple and
Suzanne Somers both strong women and very dramatic.
The three/only is a person that wants it all. When Paula
felt her relationship was threatened by Jill Kelley she is said
to have sent threatening e-mails which exposed the affair.
The power of the Only when added to the number three
birth order makes for a very emotional person. David
Petraeus had no first hand experience with this type of
person as no one in his family had this birth order
combination. Both Broadwell and Petraeus are
grads and each share the Only birth order, they had to feel
the power each possessed.
Jill Kelly 3/1
Born Jill Khawam is the oldest of twin girls. She has two older
siblings, her second, a brother, is 4 years older than the twins.
The twins were the third birth so this starts the next group of
children. Jill is the oldest she carries the One birth order along
with her three. She had been a volunteer social liaison for the
local military facility, the MacDill Air Force Base in
This is how she became friends with the Petraeus family. Her
family immigrated from
, some think that her Lebanon
relationship with the military may not be what it appears. She
shares the number three birth order with Paula but her second
birth order that of a One is not nearly as strong as Paula’s Only.
Natalie Khawam 4/2
Natalie is Jill’s younger twin sister. She too has a double birth
order but it is quite different than her sister’s. The four is the
baby in the family but the two says don’t tell me what to do.
All birth orders can have both positive and negative
expressions. It appears Natalie has been demonstrating the
negative. The Judge in her custody case said he could not
believe anything she said. As an attorney herself she was
caught lying under oath. She lives with her sister Kelly and
participates in the parties.
Making Sense of it all
Scandals always have many twists and turns but from the view
point of birth order we can start to make some connections.
David Petraeus as the secretive two/only birth order has to be
mortified that this extramarital affair was made public. This will
hurt him to his very core beliefs. His mistress, Paula Broadwell
connected with him in both his love of the military and the
power in both their double birth orders. We all make choices
and sometime we don’t know why. The interesting finding is
that all the women including his wife Holly have double birth
orders making them more complex than single birth order
people. More fascinating is that one of their double birth
orders was always the same, the sensitive number three.
Could this be the subliminal connection?
Send me a comment on what you think?
To find out more about Double Birth orders you can purchase
my book: Life’s Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your
Path Throughout Life at the website www.lifesfingerprint.com
by Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst