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Athanassiou, C. (1986). A Study of the Vicissitudes of Identification in Twins. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 67:329-334.

(1986). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 67:329-334

A Study of the Vicissitudes of Identification in Twins

C. Athanassiou


After reviewing the work of a number of authors on the specific problems of identification of twins, the author examines the difficulties met with in the establishment of good symbiotic relationship with a maternal object when a twin is always interposed between the mother and the child. It is very much up to the mother to ensure that the constant presence of a third individual is not experienced as parasitism by the other twin. The disastrous consequences of such a situation in an adult patient are illustrated by a clinical example.

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