The authors, psychologist Catherine Salmon and journalist Katrin Schumann, point out that middle children are more likely to become leaders in business and politics. Schumann says getting less attention from parents makes middle children more creative:
"There are some hidden benefits to not focusing so much attention and concern and effort, and putting so much pressure on each child. And that is one of the hidden benefits that middle children get because they do have this sense of independence and they think outside the box a little bit more." In honor of underestimated middle children everywhere, let's take a look at some famous women born between older and younger siblings. Maybe they can teach us firstborn or last born children something about their "secret powers."