Also in this no-proof group are those who did not have a feeling of a twin out there until they were diagnosed as a survivor by a therapist, or their mother told them about their twin. I did not include 5 individuals, either because their twin lived for more than 6 mths after birth, or they gave me too little background information in their questionnaire and did not append a story either. The spread of answers and the sincerity of the stories satisfies me that all respondents are genuine.
So on that basis I carried out a detailed analysis of the "attitudes and feelings" section to see what were the questions most likely to be answered with an A. I did not include any other levels of response in this analysis.
Here are the top 5 responses in the "attitudes and feelings" section of the questionnaire, divided into the "proof " and "no proof" groups. Each question has a choice of answers from 1-5. 5 is an A response, that means that the statement is true for that person.
The top five questions were:
- Deep down, I feel alone, even when I am among friends
- I know I am not realising my true potential
- I have been searching for something all my life but I don’t know what it is
- I fear abandonment or rejection
- I grieve deeply and for a very long time after someone close to me, or a beloved pet, has died
The graph shows that, despite the lack of firm medical evidence of the lost twin, the "no proof" group seem to be responding in a very similar way to those who do have evidence. I think we may safely take their claim seriously that their feeling of "being a surviving twin" has some basis in fact after all.