Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kim Jong –iL What Can Happen When a #2 is Elevated to #1


Kim Jong –il has been the dictatorial leader of North Korea
since 1994 after the death of his father Kim Il –sung.  His
relationship with the West has been strained at best. His 
country’s economy is in shambles and he has been putting 
his resources into nuclear weapon research and seems to
defy all attempts to get him to fall into line. Could his birth 
order have something to do with his personality?

Korean Names And Culture
Before we look at Kim Jong –il it might be best to take a
brief look at the system used for Korean names. A Korean 
name consists of a family name followed by a given name. 
There are only 250 Korean family names currently in use. 
The most common are Kim, Lee, and Park. There is also a
generational name syllable shared by all siblings and all 
members of the same generation.  Married men and women 
usually keep their full personal names, and children inherit 
the father’s family name. A name can also denote their clan 
and city of origin.

Korean Names And Gender
Korean history has a strong foundation of Confucian 
Principles acquired during the Choson Dynasty, 1392.
The family structure is patriarchal with the male being superior.
Women are not seen as ambitious and have no aspirations. 
They are referred to as ansalam or “inside person” strictly 
restricted to domesticity. It is common for the wife to keep 
her family name after marriage but the children must take their 
father’s name.

Kim Elevated to #1 Birth Order
Kim Jong –il was elevated to the number one birth order
moving above his older sister by virtue of his gender.  
The Korean culture puts the emphasis on males so with little 
effort he moved up to number one.  When this happens many
of the second born traits are still in effect.  The feeling that he
doesn’t want to be told what to do is a second born trait. 
He had to learn to lead and give orders as an elevated first
born but it is not a natural instinct. His erratic behavior may 
just be the two birth orders working, this confuses his
observers in the West.

Early Years
Kim is the eldest son of his father Kim Il-sung.  His official
biography says he was born February 16, 1942 in a log cabin
on Korea’s Mount Paektu.  Others believe he was born in
Russia on February 16, 1941. His older sister is Kim Kyong
–jin date of birth unknown.  Kim Jong –il’s move up may
have been easy but he still instinctively showed the need to 
protect his position from all possible challenges.  His 
younger brother Kim Shura Man –il was two years younger
when both were in the family swimming pool.  It is said that
older brother Kim Jong –il age 6 held his four year old
brother under the water just to watch the bubbles come up. 
This drowning accident took place place in 1947.

Brothers Sisters and Mothers
Kim’s birth mother, Jhong-suk the mother of his older sister
and younger brother died in 1949. His half brother and half 
sister Kim Pyong –il and Kim Kyong Hui were born after 
1951 to his step mother Kim Song –ae.  There was intense
sibling rivalry between Kim Jong –il and his younger half 
brother who was at least nine years younger. The conflict
between them got so bad that when Kim Pyong –il got older
he was sent to a distant embassy to keep them apart.
                                                                    Mother
#1 Kin Kyong – jin         oldest sister           Jhong -suk
#2 Kim Jong –il          2-16-42  or 41           Jhong –suk
#3 Kim “Shura” Man –il   1943 or 44           Jhoug -suk
#4/1 Kim Pyong –il          1951  ½ brother   Kim Song –ae
#5/2  Kim Kyong Hui          ?     ½ sister      Kim Song –ae

Kim’s Children and Their Mothers
Kim has been married only once to Kim Young –suk with
whom he had a daughter, Kim Sul –song in 1974.  He has 
had a series of mistresses and children. The following list
should help in understanding his family.
                                                            Mother/Wife/Mistress
#1 Kim Jong Nam   1971   son            Song Hae-Rim mistress
#2 Kim Sul –Song  1974  daughter      Kim Young –Suk wife
          10yrs later
#3/1 Kim Jong –chul 1981  son         Ko Young –hee mistress
#4/2 Kim Jong –un    1983  son         Ko Young –hee mistress
         No Children                             Kim Ok   mistress

Who will be the Successor to Kim?
If birth order is any indicator then the successor would be
Kim Jong –un who has a double birth order of #4/2  He is
the only one that shares his fathers birth order of a second
born even through he also carries the 4th birth order as well. 
His oldest son Kim Jong Nam was arrested in 2001 on a 
forged passport and is now out of favor with his father. 
Kim Jong –il’s older sister is married to Chang Sung –taek 
who may challenge Kim Jong –un for the leadership role in 
North Korea.

Nuclear Weapons
In 1994 and again in 2000 North Korea entered into 
agreements with the United States to freeze and dismantle 
its nuclear weapons program in exchange for aid in helping 
Korea get nuclear generators.  In 2002 Kim Jong –il admitted 
to having produced nuclear weapons since 1994 but said
they did so for security purposes.  On October 6, 2006 they
conducted their first underground nuclear test.

North Korean Army
North Korea has the largest military relative to the size of the
country in the world. It has the fourth largest standing army 
and with this power Kim has done little or nothing to relax his
control on all aspects of the economy.

Crazy or is it His two Birth Orders?
Psychological evaluations conclude that Kim Jong –il is
fearless in the face of sanctions and punishment.  All these 
are second born traits.  This makes negotiations with him
extraordinarily difficult.  Because of the cultural gender 
biases’ working with three different female US Secretary’s
of State has been exasperating. His birth order won’t 
let you get a good look inside his country or his life. Trying
to act like a number one birth order but behaving like a
second born only adds to the confusion.