"Twins are never identical" - Vivienne Lewin

According to psychotherapist Vivienne Lewin says that twins are not identical, even if they are from one egg, as two people can never be identical.

Lewin, who has written books on twins and offers a consultation service for twins and parents of twins, spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo about the unique bond twins share.

She says that twins establish a bond from a young age through deep sensate memories of each other.

Emphasising that individualism of twins, Lewin says that the close bond twins share can also translate to intense competition between them.

Listen to the conversation below:

There is lots and lots of competition between twins. Sometimes it is even more intense in twins than it is between other siblings because of the closeness

Vivienne Lewin, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Twin Enigma”

They never get as much individual attention as a single child would

Vivienne Lewin, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Twin Enigma”

Twins are very close and will pick each other's mood very very quickly

Vivienne Lewin, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Twin Enigma”

Gugs and Sizwe were fascinated by the stories of twins who called in to the show to share their experiences.

If he (my twin brother) is in a certain conundrum, I can feel it. There was an instance when he got arrested, and my day was not eventful. I was not happy. I could feel something inside me that something is wrong with my brother

Tafadzwa from Pretoria

I'm 66 years old and my twin passed away recently. We used to argue about who was born first. We were born 10 minutes apart, and that was always the argument

Angela from Cape Town

My twin passed on in 2003. If I'm to say to anyone who wishes to have twins, its the ugliest experience one can go through to lose a twin

Takani from West Rand

During our exams, we were doing Grade 7 or 8, we cheated in class during an exam. We were in separate classes. We didn't even plan that I would go to class with a scribbler and copy from it. But all of a sudden, we were chased out of class together. We met outside, and I asked him what happened. He said he was caught with a scribbler he was copying from

Takani from West Rand
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