When Jill Frattaroili took her twins to their six month wellness appointment, she witnessed a moment that she will never forget. As one of her boys received a shot, it caused a unique reaction in his twin. She recalls when she ”was in one corner of the room with happy Patrick looking over my shoulder behind me. In the corner of the room (in front of me) was Michael holding on to daddy. Little did either of them know, it was time for shots. The doctor pricked Michael with the needle and instantly happy Patrick began to cry.” Although Michael also began to cry due to the pain of the shot, Jill believes that the twins shared each other’s pain. “That moment always stuck in my head as proof that they share in each others’ pain, as Patrick was completely unaware that Michael was about to get a shot and yet I believe he felt it when Michael was pricked,” says Jill, a resident of Westwood, Massachusetts.
Instances like this one where twins seem to feel each other’s pain is nothing new. You may have heard about the Australian man who found he had a rare tumor after his twin brother convinced him to get tests done due to having a “sixth sense” about it. Or the sister in Greater Manchester who felt like something was wrong with her twin and rushed to save her from drowning in the bathtub. And there are several other cases of twins sharing such a strong connection that it has led to life saving events, which leads to the question, do twins really have a sixth sense?
There are many twins who share a close bond with one another. After all, not only do they share genetics, but they grow up together, often share a room together, go to school together, and learn together. It’s not so surprising that twins who are very close could have instances where they feel each other’s pain or sense when something is off with the one another.
Elaina DeBoard, an Emerson graduate student and twin, has felt something similar with her sister. “I’m not sure we have exactly a sixth sense, but there have been a few instances when we have felt like we have a deeper than usual connection.” This was particularly true when they both went off to graduate school. “One day my sister called me late at night. She said she had been feeling worried and anxious all day for no reason she could think of, everything was going fine for her at that time. She called me on a day that I was really having a rough time; I was feeling very upset and anxious.” And these strong feelings connecting the two sisters have happened on other occasions when they have been a part. “One of us has felt sad/anxious/or upset for reasons we couldn’t figure out and once we call the other, we talk and find out that we are kind of feeling the pain of the other twin.”
From babies to adults, in the U.S. and other places around the world, there’s something truly unique many twins share with one another and it certainly is intriguing. We’re not the only ones interested in this fascinating topic, a website called Twins Club featured an article in 2009 titled, “Do Twins Really Have A Sixth Sense?” that explores the somewhat mystifying idea of the “sixth sense.”
And this twin sister from the Midwest shared her own “twin sister, paranormal experience” story online. Like many other similar cases, this twin sister developed the same symptoms her twin was encountering several states away.
So call it what you will, a sixth sense, twin tuition, a connection, there is no doubt that there is something special that many twins share. And that’s pretty much all you need to know, right?
A big thanks to Elaina DeBoard, a twin herself, and to Jill, mother of two twin boys since 2009 for contributing to this article.