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Twins in Session: Case Histories in Treating Twinship Issues

Twins in Session: Case Histories in Treating Twinship Issues

by Joan A. Friedman
Twins in Session: Case Histories in Treating Twinship Issues

Twins in Session: Case Histories in Treating Twinship Issues

by Joan A. Friedman


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Why would a twin sacrifice her own needs to make sure her same-age sibling is always cared for? What would cause a twin to have panic attacks when he and his brother go away to separate colleges? Why do some twins find it so difficult to develop friendships and romantic relationships? The "twin mystique" and twins' own expectations of their relationship contribute to their difficulties. A therapist who understands the psychology of twins can articulate what's going on between the siblings. Clients will feel validated as well as relieved to gain clarity about a defining aspect of their identity. Twins in Session shows therapists how important the twin connection is, what it means, why it's sometimes more important than the relationship to either parent, and why some twins don't know who they are apart from the twinship. It will help therapists become a trusted outsider who can give twin clients perspective about their twinship issues and assist them in developing healthy relationships.

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ISBN-13: 9780989346467
Publisher: Rocky Pines Press
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
File size: 447 KB

About the Author

Dr. Friedman is a prominent and well-respected twin expert who shares her passionate views and insights about twins and their emotional needs with twins and their families throughout the world. The fact that she is an identical twin and the mother of five, including fraternal twin sons, makes her ideally suited to this task. Her commitment to twin research and her treatment of twins of all ages demonstrate the breadth and depth of her skills and experience. She conducts groups for parents of twins and provides consultation about twin-related matters such as school placements, developmental discrepancies, behavioral issues, and individuation struggles. Her first book, "Emotionally Healthy Twins," has received critical acclaim as a unique resource for understanding how twins develop and what parents can do to manage and understand twin-specific challenges as twins mature. Dr. Friedman's new book, "The Same but Different: How Twins Can Live, Love and Learn to be Individuals," is about the relationship intricacies of adult twins. She has earned doctorates from two prestigious psychoanalytic training programs in southern California. Her social work experience in community mental health facilities and hospitals has contributed to her unique perspectives about child development and parenting.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Twin Attachment 1

Chapter 2 Excessive Interdependence 25

Chapter 3 Good Twin/Bad Twin 47

Chapter 4 Caretaker/Cared-for 67

Chapter 5 Crisis of Identity 87

Chapter 6 Replacement Twins 109

Chapter 7 Significant Other versus Twin 127

Chapter 8 Being a Twin's Therapist 149

Notes 167

Index 171

About the Author 177

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