Not All Twins Are Alike: Psychological Profiles of Twinship / Edition 1

Not All Twins Are Alike: Psychological Profiles of Twinship / Edition 1

by Barbara Klein, Marjorie Ford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275975843

ISBN-13: 9780275975845

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275975845
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Ultimate Closeness : Growing Up with Your Mirror Image1
2Separation : A Crucial Formative Experience17
3The Identity Dilemma33
4Too Close for Comfort? Issues of Adult Twins51
5The Twinning Bond65
6Twins and Psychotherapy79
7Genetic Endowment and the Environment97
8The Legacy of Twinship103
9Parenting Twins111
App. IDemographic Breakdown121
App. IIPairs of Twins123
Bibliography125
Index131

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