Twin Telepathy

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Twin Telepathy

Sarah Norman, Staff Writer

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Three percent of Americans are twins. There are two types of twins: fraternal twins and identical twins.  Fraternal twins occur when two eggs are present at fertilization, and each develops into a separate person.  With identical twins, a fertilized egg splits very early and two nearly identical people develop. Usually twins are born within a few minutes of each other and spend much of their early years together.  Whether due to the genetic connection, or to the close proximity, many people believe twins have a special connection, often called, “Twin Telepathy.”

Dictonary.com defines telepathy as “communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.”  Twin Telepathy is described as twins knowing how the other is feeling, or knowing what he or she is thinking. They may say the same things at the same time, or finish the other’s sentence (or sandwich).  

The ability to feel the other’s pain or trauma appears in many anecdotes about twins and their abilities.  There have even been some televised experiments (one in 1997 and another in 2003) in which one twin was on a polygraph machine to measure pulse and breathing and the other twin was experiencing something in a separate, sound-proof area.  In the 1997 televised test, one twin had a box that “exploded” with lights and smoke, and the other twin had a measurable reaction at the same time. In the 2003 event, one twin would suddenly plunge his hand into ice cold water, and the other twin had a blip on the polygraph machine at the same time.

Even though there is no scientific proof that “Twin Telepathy” exists, there is enough anecdotal evidence that most people like to believe that it’s true.