Birth Order and Personality Part A The “Darwinian conflicts” and strategies noted by Sulloway (1995) that are relevant to a scholarly discussion of birth order and personality are linked to what is commonly known as evolutionary psychology. This is the theory that there is a biological and therefore evolutionary basis for the decisions that people make about their lives and their partnerships and social relationships with other people. In this case, the order of birth is connected to this evolutionary process. The process of natural selection allows for variability in the traits of individual organisms within populations, which is made possible through the choice of specific sexual partners and how these partners perform their roles as...The end:
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