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Identical Strangers

Posted by nliakos on August 18, 2008

by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein

The authors of this book are identical twins who were adopted by different families; their families were never told that they were twins.  They discovered each other when they were in their thirties.  They also discovered that they had been separated on purpose and enrolled in a psychological study of identical twins raised separately, although they did not continue in the study.  The book chronicles their getting to know each other and trying together to find out about the study (which was never published and was sealed in a university archive for 75 years).  Along the way they report many of the findings of other twin studies, most of which indicate that nature outweighs nurture to a very large degree.  They are painfully honest as they examine their feelings about each other and their birth mother, whom they eventually identify.  A very interested read.

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