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The Double Birth Order Of Robin Williams

The Double Birth Order Of Robin WilliamsFew comedians or actors have had the impact that Robin Williams has had in his lifetime.

His acting roles have been both comedic and serious. His humor was “off the wall” at times that only Robin could control. It was often manic and so fast that few could keep up with him. Now at age 63 he is gone. His life has been somewhat an open book, he keep little private. His drug and alcohol use was common knowledge. Understanding his Double birth order will give you a better insight into his personality.

Early Years
Robin was born in Chicago July 21, 1951 to Laura McLaurin and Robert Williams. They moved to Bloomfield Hills Michigan where his father was an executive for Ford Motor Company. When he was 10 years old he met his two older brothers, Todd Williams (13 years older) and McLaurin Smith (4 years older). Todd was from his father’s first marriage and McLaurin Smith was from his mother’s first marriage. Up until that time he had no idea he had older siblings. None of the brothers lived together but they did meet a family functions. Soon after that first meeting the family moved to California and Robin blossomed from a shy child to an outgoing high school student.

The Three Only Birth Order
With the age difference between his brothers and himself Robin now knew he was the third born but was being treated like an Only child in his household. People who have #3 birth orders are very sensitive to others and the outside world. The phrase “Laughing on the outside crying on the inside” is who they are. They can appear very shy and introspective but are really seeing and hearing life all around themselves. They make very good actors and can be both religious and environmentally conscious. This sensitivity makes them vulnerable to addictions especially drugs and alcohol. When you add the Only characteristics to the #3 birth order you create an individual with very real conflicts. There are two people talking to him. The Only child reminding him to behave and the #3 enticing him to “give it a try”. It is the power of the Only birth order added to the #3 birth order that gave Robin the power to project his brand and be successful.

Drugs and Alcohol
Throughout his life he has battled depression and substance abuse. His three marriages and three children often found themselves a part of his problems. In the 70’s and 80’s it was cocaine. In August of 2006 he checked himself into a substance abuse center. He has been fighting depression most of his adult life. In July of 2014 he entered rehab for the second time but said it was to “fine tune his focus”. When interviewed on Good Morning America he discussed his addiction problem. “It’s a little voice inside of you that says “just one” when you can’t take just one.” This is the effect of his two birth orders. The Only side says he can handle it, the #3 side says, “I want more.”

The High for the Three/Only
People with the Three/Only birth order want to be noticed. Being on stage is a high for them and it might take the place of drugs and alcohol. Maybe this is the reason Robin’s preforming career was so non-stop. He shared all the problems in his life on stage.

Was it therapy, a cry for help, or just another way to connect with his audience? He appeared shy and non-confrontational to his friends and the public, trying to balance his two very dissimilar birth orders any way he could. A tragic loss there can be no doubt.

Read more posts by Dr. Robert Hurst, expert on how your birth order impacts your personality and overall success. is created by National Publicity Firm, Annie Jennings PR that specializes in providing book marketing strategies to self-published and traditionally published authors. Annie Jennings PR books authors, speakers and experts on major top city radio talk shows that broadcast to the heart of the market, on local, regionally syndicated and national TV shows and on influential online media and in prestigious print magazines and newspapers.

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