Margery Runyan, PhD

Margery Runyan, PhD

Not All Twins Are Alike Pt 1


If you are a twin, a parent of twins, or close to a twin, you will enjoy the interview with Dr. Barbara Klein, a twin herself and expert in childhood development. Dr. Klein will discuss the strong influences of parenting styles and early childhood experiences on the way in which co-twins relate to each other. These methods of twinning are covered in her book ‘Not All Twins Are Alike.’  She will also answer questions such as; ‘What is it like growing up as a twin? Do twins have difficulty in non-twin relationships? Why do twins fight? Why is twin loss so profoundly difficult for the surviving twin? Why should parents stress the individual differences between their twin children? How can we help gifted and challenged twins?  What are the advantages of co-twins being different?’  Dr. Klein’s twin Marjorie teaches rhetorical writing at Stanford University and Dr. Klein will surely comment on their relationship throughout the life stages of childhood and adulthood.



Dr. Klein has written 11 books in the field of developmental psychology and education. New Understandings of Twin Relationships: From Harmony to Estrangement and Loneliness (with Stephen Hart and Jacqueline Martinez); Twin Dilemmas: Changing Relationships Throughout the Lifespan; Challenges of Gifted Children: Empowering Parents to Maximize Their Child’s Potential; Raising Gifted Kids: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Exceptional Child Thrive; Alone in the Mirror: Twins in Therapy; Not All Twins Are Alike: Psychological Profiles of Twinship; Early Adolescence and the Search for Self: A Developmental Perspective; Forgotten Memories: A Journey Out of the Darkness of Sexual Abuse; Issues in School Reform: A View From the Bottom Up (with John McNeil)Curriculum Design: A Handbook for Educators (with Kathy Wulf); and Identity and Intimacy in Twins (with Janet Ciriello).


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