Have you ever just wondered about twins? They shared the womb, what else do they share? By this I mean is there some type of telepathy that each twin experiences. I, personally, am not a twin but there are multiple sets in my family. I was always curious if they had some type of “magic” way of communication. Many twins display unbelievably similar qualities I feel this is definitely possible on some type of level.
It is believed that some twins are more likely to have this telepathy trait than others. This is said to be linked to how soon the egg splits. “Usually this takes place a day or two after fertilisation, but division can take place up to twelve days…it now seems likely that the later the division, the closer the bond.” With this being said, it looks like telepathy in “identical” twins is more likely than that of “fraternal”. Although this might be true, there is a chance that twins of any kind never experience anything like this. Some twins grow to hate each other in extreme cases and have little to no contact. On there hand some twins are inseparable.
In 1979 at the University of Minnesota some twin research had begun. Here they studied “twins who had been separated at birth and reunited later”. “What the researchers found was that there were often remarkable similarities between the twins’ personalities, likes and dislikes, skills, hobbies, etc. – indications of what is known as concordance. They never found any evidence of telepathy, however.” Although results were not in favor of some type of telepathy existing, research done by others had more exciting results.
One being a journal entry written by John Wesley in 1781 “about a woman who had a twin sister “between whom and her there is so strange a sympathy that if either of them is ill, or particularly affected at any time, the other is so likewise.””
Another being research done by ophthalmologists in Philadelphia in 1963. “They claimed that when alpha brain rhythm was artificially induced in one twin, the brainwave chart (EEG) of the other one showed the same rhythm at exactly the same time.”
The most interesting conducted at Rockland State Hospital in New York in 1967 where they were “using a plethysmograph to measure blood volume, and were able to conclude that “in a physically isolated subject, we have observed physiological reactions at the precise moment at which another [twin] was stimulated.””
Most of this information seems to be in favor of there being some type of telepathy but there is not certain answer. There isn’t much research being done on the subject and I find it to be a very interesting topic. These results were all gathered many years ago and I feel that if conducted today there may be different results. There is no telling what one is capable of doing with todays technology. All in all it looks like many twins have some type of special bond. We’re not positive its telepathy, but there is an overwhelming amount of instances this could be true. What do you think? Can twins have some supernatural way of communicating? To read a bit further on the topic check this article out, Twin Telepathy: Is there a ‘Special Connection’?.
“Twin Telepathy: Is There a ‘Special Connection’?” New Dawn The Worlds Most Unusual Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014.