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Not all twins are alike : psychological profiles of twinship
Klein, Barbara Schave.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
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xix, 133 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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BF723.T9 K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Even twins are unique. Most people idealize twins, fantasizing a close, perpetually loving relationship. Yet Klein, herself an identical twin, demonstrates that twins have complicated and intense relationships that range from over-identification or excessive closeness to profound estrangement and conflict. Most twins who are raised as individuals deal with the significant emotional pain of separation in adolescence or young adulthood, yet as mature adults can come to love and respect each other as individuals.

As Klein makes clear, the parenting that twins receive as infants and young children affects the relationships that they have with one another and with the world they choose to function in. Because parenting is a critical determinant of psychological well-being, it should be treated as a serious but manageable challenge. This book is a must-read for twins, their parents, and scholars, students, and other researchers and professionals dealing with mental health and child development.

Author Notes

Barbara Schave Klein is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Dr. Klein has worked in the fields of child development and child psychology for more than 30 years. She is an identical twin

Table of Contents

Marjorie Ford
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
1. The Ultimate Closeness: Growing Up with Your Mirror Imagep. 1
2. Separation: A Crucial Formative Experiencep. 17
3. The Identity Dilemmap. 33
4. Too Close for Comfort? Issues of Adult Twinsp. 51
5. The Twinning Bondp. 65
6. Twins and Psychotherapyp. 79
7. Genetic Endowment and the Environmentp. 97
8. The Legacy of Twinshipp. 103
9. Parenting Twinsp. 111
Appendix I Demographic Breakdownp. 121
Appendix II Pairs of Twinsp. 123
Bibliographyp. 125
Indexp. 131