The development of how twins relate to each other and their single partners is explored through life stories and clinical examples in this telling study of twin interconnections. While the quality of a nurturing family life is crucial, Dr. Klein has found there are often issues with separation anxiety, loneliness, competition with each other, and finding friendships outside of twinship. When twin lives are entwined because of inadequate parenting and estrangement, twin loss is possible and traumatic, creating a crippling fear of expansiveness-an inability to be yourself. Therapists and twins seeking an understanding of twin relationships will find this clinically compelling book a valuable resource.
Barbara Klein, PhD, has a doctorate in child development and clinical psychology. She consults nationally and internationally with twins and parents of twins about developing individuality and maturity in twin relationships. She is the author of Alone in the Mirror: Twins in Therapy (Routledge, 2012) as well as seven other books.
Preface Jacqueline M. Martinez Introduction 1. What Childhood Memories of Life Experiences and Narratives Reveal About Adult Twin Relationships 2. Parenting Issues With Twins: Strategies to Resolve Conflicts and Uncertainties 3. When Do Separation Issues Begin for Twins? When Do Separation Issues End? 4. Why Twin Fighting Can Lead to Estrangement 5. The Lives of Adult Twins 6. Being a Twin in a Non-Twin World 7. The Healing Process in Psychotherapy for Twins 8. Affirming Relationship Changes for Twins Throughout the Life Span Bibliography