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Vanishing Twin Syndrome may be a reality, but people who lost a twin CAN'T and SHOULDN'T develop depression issues even when unaware. They should be just fine, since they can't remember the trauma of loss.
Originally posted by Zagari
reply to post by Thermo Klein
So, you are not aware of Vanishing Twin Syndrome that says 1 in 8 pregnancies are actually twins but they end up developing in singleton pregnancies?
What about pre-natal issues? Can a survivor twin get a trauma from losing the twin in the womb?
Originally posted by Thermo Klein
reply to post by Zagari
I am a Psychologist and can say there are many schools of Psychology that recognize that past events, even if not remembered, can affect our life very strongly! It's very frequent to find someone with anxiety, depression, numerous emotional and/or Psychological issues unravel "layer after layer of the onion" before they have that "aha" moment and remember some significant fact from their childhood that has been affecting them.
Concerning the actual phenomenon you discuss in the OP though, I don't know of any research on the 1 in 8 number and can't even imagine how it would be provable. In theory I think it could make some sense but statistically and scientifically can't be proven at all, and therefore irrelevant as an overall theory and should be discussed with a therapist in a one-to-one, or group, situation.
The significant thing from their past could seem extremely insignificant on outer view; it depends on how the child perceived it at the time. For example a two-year-old left unattended while Mom or Dad are showering on ONE occassion might feel a sense of abandonment that carries far into the child's life. This is not common but is certainly out there.
edit on 1-11-2011 by Thermo Klein because: (no reason given)