Charlie Sheen, actor and star of the TV show Two and a Half Men, has been in the news. His life and lifestyle are being exposed to public scrutiny so it is time to unmask his birth order. His birth order will let us see what makes Charlie so likable while at the same time he appears unbalanced and self destructive.
Family and Siblings
Charlie’s parents Martin and Janet Sheen changed their name from Estevez before Charlie was born to make it less ethnic and help Martin’s acting career. Their firstborn was Emilo, May 12, 1962. Next, Ramon August 7, 1963, Charlie September 3, 1965 and last and the only girl, Renee April 2, 1967. Charlie was born Carlos Irvin Estevez and the only child to use Sheen as his last name. This should have been the signal that life was going to be different with Charlie.
Characteristics of the Third Born
When the third child is born he has to understand 14 different relationships in the family. Those between all his siblings, parents and himself in different combinations. This is what makes the third born such a master at understanding and working with groups of people. They can be the most sensitive and intuitive people as they pick up on the subtleties of those around them. Understanding others makes them likable as they truly feel your pain. They are masters of playing one sibling against the other and are good at coming and going emotionally. They see the world very differently than the first- and second borns. Power over others or the control of their own space in not as important as their need to express themselves in humanitarian or artistic ways. In life, this birth order has more freedom to experience the non-traditional aspects of society on a more personal level. Drugs, sex, and alcohol immediately come to mind. Because of the third born’s extreme sensitivity they can project a tough outer appearance but this is only a sham to protective their sensitive side.
Third Born with Two Older Brothers
All third borns share a number of similar characteristics but they display them differently. The gender of the two older siblings has a great deal of influence on the behavior of the third born. In Charlie’s family it has been said that he had an adversarial relationship with his two older brothers, Emilo and Ramon. There can be a lot of testosterone with three boys. This is the clue that he was trying to move up the birth order ladder. The child with the lower birth order always wants to move up but usually the third born doesn’t have a chance because the age gap is too large. Most third borns just ignore their older siblings and go in a different direction rather than compete. Not so with Charlie.
The Move Up – Sibling Rivalry
What would give Charlie as a child the thought that he could challenge his siblings and try to move up in birth order. We don’t know what happened in the home during this period of his life but a few clues can lead us in this investigation. As an adult Charlie is taller than his two older brothers. Charlie is 5’10″, Emilo the oldest is 5’6″, and the second brother Ramon is 5’7″. If Charlie grew early this would have been a factor in the challenge for the higher position. It should also be noted that the second brother Ramon was named after his father. This is very unusual as the first born usually gets his father’s name. Perhaps his older brother Emilo felt a little less secure after Ramon was born. This was another opening for Charlie.
Like Father Like Son
Martin Sheen, Charlie’s father was born Ramon Estevez the seventh of ten children. This makes his birth order a second level number three (Birth order numbers start again after number four) very similar to Charlie. Martin wanted to be an actor so badly that it is said he purposely failed his entrance exam to college so he could start his acting career. We see a similar pattern with Charlie who was not much of a student in high school, his interests were acting and baseball. Charlie got his first acting role at age nine with a part in his father’s movie, The Execution of Private Slovik. He was the star shortstop and pitcher on his high school team but a few weeks before graduation he was expelled due to poor attendance and bad grades. This was also the first time there is a mention of the influence of drugs in his life. He has since gone through rehab for this problem.
What the Future may Hold
What will be the future for this likable third born. Will he enter rehab again and kick his drug habit? Is a stable marriage in his future? Third borns are very protective of their sensitive nature so when the tough faade is lost a tidal wave of emotion and a meltdown can occur. As with all birth orders you have a choice to use your special characteristics for a positive life or go in a negative direction. Only Charlie can determine his future.