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Buying Gifts for Twins: Should We Give Our Twins Identical Presents?

Many parents of twins ask me about buying gifts for birthdays and other special occasions. They want to ensure that they treat their twins fairly and let both children know they are loved equally. Buying identical gifts may seem like the perfect way to do this, but parents should realize that their attempt to be equalizers may send twins unrealistic or unhealthy messages. Most of us naturally give our nontwin children presents that reflect their talents, skills, and interests—but in […]

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Twins Contemplate Twinship

When I was formulating ideas for my second book, The Same but Different, I conducted an informal survey on the internet about the experiences of adult twins. I want to share several (abbreviated) answers that were submitted. They express the wide gamut of feelings that twins have about their connection. I trust you will find the varied points of view enlightening and educational. The age of the respondent follows each comment in parentheses. We share ESPN, not ESP. (35) My […]

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Separation, Not Severance

I feel compelled to write because I am outraged and saddened—but not surprised—by society’s misguided beliefs about the twin mystique. A recent experience recounted by an acquaintance of mine has aroused my discontent. A conscientious and psychologically sophisticated mom of four-year-old twins decided to place her fraternal twin daughters in separate classrooms. The girls shared a classroom for the first year of preschool, and both the mother and the teachers agreed that the girls would thrive in separate classes the […]

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When the Bough Breaks

My psychotherapy practice with adult twins bears out the research that indicates female identical twins form the most intimate attachments. As a result, a rupture in their connection is usually traumatic for one or both of them. I have counseled an identical twin woman in her forties, whom I will call Bertha, for almost two years. At this point in time, she and her sister have been estranged for more than ten years. After finding that other therapists could not […]

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Constantly in Search of Acceptance

It stands to reason that many of us who enter the helping professions have a fundamental proclivity for being helpful, and we enjoy feeling needed and appreciated. In the case of psychotherapists, our professional training, our ongoing personal therapy, and our continuing education enable us to secure and maintain healthy boundaries with our patients. While we experience tremendous gratification and a sense of well-being when our clients are doing well, we are careful not to consciously or unconsciously demand that […]

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