Siblings play an integral and essential part in our psychic development. Traditionally in psychoanalytic thinking, sibling relationships are regarded as secondary in developmental importance to the relationships with the parents. The authors in this book challenge this view and explore the impact of sibling relationships on internal psychic structures, family and social relationships. They suggest that siblings play a primary part in psychic development, even for an only child, and that infants are born with an expectation of siblings, an innate pre-conception similar to those relating to the breast and parental couple. Through infant observations and psychoanalytic treatment, the authors in this book examine sibling relationships from the most profoundly close, as in conjoined twins, through other twin and sibling relationships and deliberate on the wider context of social and tribal brotherhood and sisterhood.
Vivienne Lewin is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now the British Psychotherapy Foundation) and was a Training Therapist and Supervisor. She is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She has retired from clinical practice, but continues to write and offers some clinical services - assessments, supervision, and consultations for twins and parents of twins. Belinda Sharp is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Senior Member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She co-edited 'Ten Lectures on Psychotherapy and Spirituality' (Karnac 2005)
1. When two become four - Toby Etterley 2. Tsunami Boy - Ellie Roberts 3. The influence of conjoined twins on each other - Jeanne Magagna and Gloria Dominguez, with contribution by Alessandra Marsoni 4. Twinship: a unique sibling relationship- Vivienne Lewin 5. Siblings in development, an edited version of the discussion between Juliet Mitchell and Ronald Britton 6. Sibling Incest - Prophecy Coles 7. Developing a sense of identity as an individual - Jeanne Magagna 8. Taking account of siblings - a view from child psychotherapy - Margaret Rustin 9 Twin developments - Alessandra Piontelli