Twin births are trending upwards from one in 30 births due to fertility treatment and older mothers giving birth. Not one of us is immune from the twin influence, whether parents, children, friends, or acquaintances. The presence of twins in a world dominated by singles gives rise to ideas of twinship and what this status implies for society. In the tween years many children fantasize about having a twin but what does this really mean for a lifetime? Take the plunge into the Twin World.

An identical twin deconstructs twinship for the first time from the perspective of both a psychotherapist and mature twin; after a lifetime of experience, Margery Runyan, PhD and LCSW, tells the world the true story of twin love, twin joy, twin suffering, and twin loss. Written originally for an audience of psychotherapists treating twins, the scope has expanded to all who are twins, love twins or know twins, so that we can begin to plumb the depths of their secret world.

This book, Healing Twins, covers all life stages of twins in their uniqueness. It plunges deeply into the resultant processes of psychotherapeutic treatment most useful to heal the deepest desires, situations, and wounds of twin selves. As Dr. Runyan reveals with her unending compassion, twins live in a twin world, different entirely from the single world. Each stage of life has its own struggles and triumphs. The parental bond is affected by the twinship. Relationships with lovers and husbands are colored by the closeness of the twinship. Identical twins differ from fraternal twins in their growth struggles. Dr. Runyan offers touching examples of this complexity from her own life and the real life experiences of other twins she has known and treated.