In the "If personal ads were true" thread there's a lot of mention about being an only child, and hence needing space. I, too, am an only child. Personally, I find that it manifests by the ability to very easily relate to the young or the old; if we are not on the same 'level,' then I am well-versed in how to deal with you. I was the child growing up where parents of other kids would say, "If Dcc is going, then you can go," because parents viewed me as likable and responsible. In that same vein, I'm good at being the older one, the boss, the person in charge. Now - throw me in a room with a bunch of people, a task to do and no discernible leader and the power vacuum will drive me nuts. I also like to be alone. I live in a city where I have no relatives. I live alone with two dogs. As I've probably posted about to exhaustion, I've had no long-term relationships to speak of. This probably has something to do with preferring my own company and going a bit nuts if I'm forced to be around other people all the time. FOCUS: Where do you fit in the birth order? Do you think it matters? How has it affected your life?