What It's Really Like to Be an Identical Twin

Jillian Knox Finley

Being an identical twin has its perks. However, I’m consistently stunned at what other people’s ideas of what these said amenities should be. For example, I have never switched places with my twin sister for a prank or a test. We have never had our own language. We can read each other minds. We field an unreasonable amount of questions from strangers, particularly in supermarkets. We have no idea how to answer the question, “What’s it like to be a twin?” Can one ever truly, objectively know ones own nature? 

To weigh in on this topic further, I caught up with fellow identical twin and good friend, Shawn Ashmore, in hopes he could chime in on his experience. When I asked about his brother, Aaron Ashmore, he said, “Our taste in art,music, film and food is very similar but everything else is quite different. Our taste in women, the way we handle stress, and just general personalities are very individual.”  My sister and I could not be more different, despite looking very much alike (technically identical.) From two sets of twins to the general pubic, here’s a few insights we have to offer.

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