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A Tragic Triadic Dilemma with Twins

I have written extensively about twins who feel that their attachment is adversely impacted by their connection to a significant other—a boyfriend or girlfriend, a spouse, a best friend, or perhaps a niece or nephew. Yet, the most tragic situation results when one twin is devotedly connected to his or her mother while the other is not. If this pattern of parental preference persists throughout the twins’ childhood and adulthood, it understandably leads to a contentious twinship. I am currently […]

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Fight or Flight—Standing Up to Your Twin

“I never really knew who my twin was until . . .” Forcefully attempting to reconcile the twin of one’s childhood with the adult version is quite traumatic. Many twins are shocked to realize that their closest sibling has personality traits and character flaws that were not apparent while growing up together. Though this same recognition can happen with different-age siblings, coming to terms with a twin’s true persona is particularly shocking, especially when it results in adverse consequences for […]

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A COVID Success Story: A Twin Embraces Being Alone

Most of us experienced many emotional ups and downs during these long months of separation from loved ones or “too much togetherness” with our families. One bright spot for me amid this psychological mayhem was a conversation I had with an identical twin gentleman in his midthirties whom I had not spoken with in almost a year. He shared how spending more time alone induced positive changes in his outlook on life and on himself. The quarantine helped him reframe […]

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Her Way or the Highway

Different-age siblings often have conflicting views about their brothers’ and sisters’ choices and viewpoints. Twins, however, may exhibit especially uncompromising attitudes when their perspectives are at odds with one another: “How can you date this guy? He’s much older, divorced, and has six children! What’s gotten into you?” I have witnessed this situation time and time again. Many adult twins contact me for help with their frustration and sadness when their sibling does not concur with them about particular personal […]

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Be Nice, Be Kind, Beware

A mother of seventeen-year-old identical twin girls recently contacted me for advice about helping her daughters rebound from repeated social calamities. She described a pattern that started when the twins were in the ninth grade: the girls would be happily accepted by a social group, then inexplicably excluded. Sometimes they were given a lame explanation; but for the most part, the rejection seemed swift and unexpected. Naturally, both girls were upset and puzzled about why this keeps happening to them. […]

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