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A New Book About Twins



Understanding Twin Relationships: An Experiential Approach. By Barbara Klein, Jacqueline M. Martinez, and Stephen A. Hart. Currently under contract with Routledge (Mental Health Division)


Share Your Twin Relationship Experience


Are you a twin? Is your twin relationship an essential part of who you are? Have you and your twin struggled with your relationship? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then we are interested in your story. We are seeking submissions for a book we are writing about twin relationships.

As twins, we know all about the endless fascination people have with how much we do or don’t look like our twin, or how alike or different we are, etc. But as twins, our actual relationship with our twin is much more important than these superficial fascinations. Many twins struggle within their twin relationship. And, to make things more difficult, we are surrounded by the presumption that twins always get along, or that we always see everything the same way. But, as twins, we know that that’s not true, and that often we have very different points of view, sometimes very serious disagreements, and even deep-seated conflicts that lead to life-long struggles, internal confusion, and turmoil. As twins, our psychological health is always connected to our relationship with our twin, often in profound ways, yet very little research is directed toward understanding how. Insight into the dynamics of our twin relationship are often hard-won because we have to dismantle the common mythologies of the blissful twin-bond. Twins are often ashamed to reveal that their relationship with their twin is less than these idealizations.

It is time that we begin to tell our stories of our twin relationships so that we can understand the actual consequences of the twin bond as we experience them throughout our lives. Our goal is to understand the unique closeness and struggles of twin relationships as revealed by twins themselves. In doing so we will help shed light on the push and pull of all closely and naturally entwined personal relationships, whether twin or not. We hope to reveal the actual joys of comforts that come when human beings are deeply connected to one another, but without the unrealistic idealizations that are the stereotyped version of the twin bond.

               We are interested the story of your twin relationship. We seek descriptions of experiences that will help us explore how twin attachment and estrangement are at work in twin relationships. We are interested in a wide array of experiences that includes both the struggles and the joys. These could include experiences of separation anxiety, loneliness, inter-twin jealously, ego boundary confusions, difficulties establishing authentic relationships with non-twins, etc.

Submission Details

  • Descriptions of your experience can as brief as 100 words or as expansive as 2,000. We welcome contributions of all lengths.

  • Essays should be submitted as a MS Word doc.

  • Include your name, email address and phone number with your submission.

  • Please include brief biographical and demographic information (age, gender, ethnic/racial background, place of birth, place of current residence, etc.)


Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.

Submit essays to twinrelationships@gmail.com


Note on Confidentiality

The editors and publisher will adhere to strict confidentiality regarding submissions. The identity of authors who wish to remain anonymous will remain strictly protected. Authors who wish attribution will be identified in the work.


About the Authors

Dr. Barbara Klein is a child, family, and adult psychotherapist and educational consultant. She has published 4 books on twins [Twin Dilemmas: Changing Relationships Trough the Lifespan (Routledge, 2017); Alone in the Mirror: Twins in Therapy (Routledge, 2012); Not All Twins are Alike: Psychological Profiles on Twinship (Praeger Publishers, 2003); Identity and Intimacy in Twins (Praeger Publishers, 1983)]. She is the author of the Psychology Today Twin Blog. She is a twin.


Dr. Jacqueline M. Martinez is an associate professor of communication at Arizona State University. She is the author of Communicative Sexualities: A Communicology of Sexual Experience (Lexington Press, 2011), and Phenomenology of Chicana Experience and Identity: Communication and Transformation in Praxis (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000). She is a twin.


Dr. Stephen A. Hart is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom. He is the author of German Weapons of World War II (Amber Books, 2018), and The German Soldier in World War II (Amber Books, 2016). He is a twin.

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