Telepathy (also known as Extrasensory Perception or ESP) is most commonly defined as receiving knowledge from another without utilizing the five natural senses. Telepathy is not exclusive to twins; a strong connection between pairs of most any kind often exhibit some degree of ability to send and receive information, even physical changes or injuries between one another. Twins, however, seem to be the most telepathic of any other combination of people.
Telepathy is not about one twin finishing the sentences of the other, nor is it their tendency to share the same likes and dislikes, though it is often mistaken as such. Incidents like these are easily explained as ‘thought concordance’ and are dismissed as coincidences likely to occur with anyone who shared a close bond with another. Twins, both identical and fraternal, have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. My aunt and uncle adopted two sets of identical twins within nearly one year of each other when I was young, and several childhood friends were also twins. Being as curious as I tend to be, I have asked nearly every twin I know if they currently experience (or have ever experienced) telepathy with their sibling. Most often, their responses to my inquiry have been largely dismissive. “No, we aren’t telepathic,” followed quickly by a statement such as, “But we know things about each other without really having to talk about it.” Perhaps if they understood what telepathy is, they might actually believe they are capable of it.
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