Then came a couple of rather heated exchanges with sceptics on the James Randi Sceptics Forum, to whom I put my hypothesis and the problem I had with finding a control group who were certainly NOT womb twin survivors. They told me in no uncertain terms that I had nothing more than an hypothesis, if that, and to talk about a "theory" would be to make out that I had certain knowledge, which I clearly did not have.
Despite the fact that the principle activity of some of the critical thinkers on this forum appeared to be character assassination, a few of them had useful things to say. One of the less abusive members said:
I would suggest that you prove the validity of your idea before you use it to treat people. Until your work is proven valid, there is the possibility that you are wrong. If you are wrong, you are doing a grave disservice to those who come to you for help.It was clearly time for a re-think on matters of proof. The help I was providing was minimal, and in any case was not therapy at all, but consisted mainly of listening and exploring ideas, so I knew that people were safe with me. However the matter of proof was a problem.
1. All my life I have felt something is missingThis is not an hypothesis or a theory: this is a syndrome.
2. I know I am not realising my true potential
3. I have been searching for something all my life but I don’t know what it is
4. I fear rejection
5. I feel different from other people
6. I have a problem with expressing anger - either there is too much or too little
7. Deep down, I feel alone, even when I am among friends
8. I fear abandonment
9. There are two sides to my character
10. I always feel in some way unsatisfied, but I don’t know why.
11. All my life I have carried deeply-felt emotional pain that persists, despite all my efforts to heal myself.
[Collins dictionary: Set of symptoms or characteristics indicating the existence of a condition, problem, etc.]
I put it to you, that what we have found in our work together, all you wonderful womb twin survivors who have shared your story with me, is a true syndrome, shared by 10% of the population and not shared by the rest of the world, who have absolutely no idea what we are talking about and say we are crazy.
NO. We are not crazy - we are womb twin survivors!