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Twins seperated @ birth

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM
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James Arthur Springer and his identical twin, James Edward Lewis


Click image to enlarge it / Jim Lewis and Jim Springer

In the most widely publicized study of this type, launched in 1979, University of Minnesota psychologist Thomas Bouchard and his colleagues have chronicled the fates of about 60 pairs of identical twins raised separately. Some of the pairs had scarcely met before Bouchard contacted them, and yet the behaviors and personalities and social attitudes they displayed in lengthy batteries of tests were often remarkably alike.

The first pair Bouchard met, James Arthur Springer and James Edward Lewis, had just been reunited at age 39 after being given up by their mother and separately adopted as 1-month-olds. Springer and Lewis, both Ohioans, found they had each married and divorced a woman named Linda and remarried a Betty. They shared interests in mechanical drawing and carpentry; their favorite school subject had been math, their least favorite, spelling. They smoked and drank the same amount and got headaches at the same time of day.

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The twin boys were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys Jim. And here the coincidences just begun. Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women – both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer finally met in February 9, 1979 after 39 years of being separated.
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jillbailey26
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:41 AM

That is insane!


"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification"  Romans 14:19



kitty8199
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:44 AM

We learned about some in school, that were separated.  They were both like OCD clean.  One said it was bc his adoptive mom was a neat freak, the other said it was because his adoptive mom was a messy person.  So, they were the same even with different enviromnets, for different reasons.  We talked about that when we did nature vs nurture argument.  Nature wins there.

Kenre
by Bronze Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:47 AM
I love the nature vs nurture argument. Twin studies are most fascinating.
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SunnyJoJo
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I love hearing about twin studies, so interesting!

ladyvamp5489
by Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:04 AM

 

Quoting jillbailey26:

That is insane!

 

JBDslittlemam08
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:06 AM
Wow
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Mommy2519
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:07 AM
that is crazyy!!
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kitty8199
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:20 AM


Quoting Kenre:

I love the nature vs nurture argument. Twin studies are most fascinating.

I don't know which one it is.  I have twins in my family.  Same nature, same nurture, polar opposites.  Then I know a set of twins, one is gay one is straight.  Again, same nature, same nurture.  Who really knows.

danie24
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:06 AM
Ya, I think cases like the two James is very rare.. but still amazing.



Quoting kitty8199:



Quoting Kenre:

I love the nature vs nurture argument. Twin studies are most fascinating.

I don't know which one it is.  I have twins in my family.  Same nature, same nurture, polar opposites.  Then I know a set of twins, one is gay one is straight.  Again, same nature, same nurture.  Who really knows.

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MIA0223
by Michelle on Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:31 AM
Amazing
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