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

Overview

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.

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

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

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