By Ashley Ioveno
As a singly born person, I have always imagined what it would be like to have a twin. A twin-ship is like a partnership for life, with its roots at birth and ending with death do you both part. One of the mysteries associated with being a multiple is that they share a special connection beyond that of an ordinary sibling. While having a bond with your twin is a special part of the unique relationship already, it has been said that twins have “supernatural” qualities.
Nearly every set of twins has a story about this “supernatural” experience. Sometimes, one twin experiences a physical sensation of something that is happening to their twin, such as pain or sadness. Other times, they will find that they perform similar actions when they’re apart, such as buying the same item, ordering the same meal in a restaurant,
or picking up the phone to make a call at the same moment. They may appear to know the other’s thoughts, by speaking simultaneously or finishing each other’s sentences.
This can be defined as telepathy, which is the process of assessing thoughts or feelings without help from sensory input like sight, sound
or touch. In the paranormal world, extrasensory perception (known as ESP) is an ability to acquire information without relying on physical senses or previous experience.
Whether you’re an identical or fraternal twin, there’s no denying the superior relationship you have with your sibling. Twins seem to share a natural understanding of their co-twin’s emotional state.
Tia-Monã Greene, a junior Psychology major, has an identical twin, Bria-Letã Greene, a junior Business Administration major. Both sisters love being twins, so much so that they founded their own club, TWIce as Nice, two years ago.
TWIce as Nice is the first and only on campus “twin and multiples club that does not only focus on twin and multiples, but works on building community, as well,” said Tia-Monã Greene. The Greene twins not only dress alike, but are college roommates and best friends.
Tia-Monã Greene agreed that twins have some type of out of the ordinary connection. “When we were about nine, both of us got a black eye at the same time. It wasn’t funny then, but it’s very funny now. I got hit by a bike and she fell off the monkey bars; the only way you could tell who was who, was because it [the bruise] was on different eyes.”
While ESP is assumed to be more common in identical twins because they share a closer genetic connection, fraternal twins aren’t excluded.
Adina Oditt, a junior International Business major at Post, and her twin, Serena, a junior marketing major, also think having a twin is great. “We are very close,” Adina said. “We finish each other’s sentences and thoughts, and we have the same interests. When we lost our teeth, my sister’s would come out just one day later [than mine].” Both sisters agreed, “Being a twin is a special blessing that we would not change for the world.”
Brooke Rozea, a junior Psychology major, and her twin sister Ali, a junior Radiology major, may not look alike, but definitely share some of the same feelings. “When either of us is upset or hurt, we both get very upset and almost feel like we were hurt emotionally, too. It’s like if you hurt my sister, you hurt me kind of thing.”
Brooke explained that she values having a twin. “I’ve had my best friend with me throughout my whole life, and experienced all important moments with her right next to me.” Ali stated, “If anything were to happen to her, I know for a fact that I would never be the same.”
Hunter Stones, a junior Social Work major, and her twin brother Kyle, who is not a Post student, said, “Having a twin is like having a best friend who literally was born with you. They will always be by your side, and will stick with you for the rest of your life.” Stones went on to explain how twins “share a level of comfort that other best friends and even family members might not have.” This dynamic duo would never choose to be without the other twin, if given the choice.
In fact, Kyle has the metal core band, Asking Alexandria, lyrics “My terror twin and I, let’s take over the world,” tattooed across his back. Kyle said, “A lot of the time, I’ll reach out to Hunter because I feel that she is upset, and eight out of ten times I’m right.” The twins both share a strong bond, and think it is very possible to have some type of twin ESP.
So what is this phenomenon? Can twins really feel what their other twin is feeling? Despite the lack of scientific proof, these personal experiences can’t be denied. It is common that such incidents are signs of a deep emotional connection, which produces an intense sense of compassion, strong enough to generate physical sensations, such as feeling pain when a co-twin is hurting.
Twins also know each other so intimately that they can often predict how their twin will speak or behave. This can also be observed between two non-twin people in a close relationship, such as a husband and wife who have been married for many years. And many twins— whether due to nature or nurture— simply have the same instincts, tendencies, or preferences, explaining why they do eerily similar things simultaneously.
To find out more about twins on campus, check out TWIce as Nice’s meentings every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Gold Coast Cinema.