Dopplegangers, simply put, are doubles. Often called a ghost or physical apparition, are ususally a source of phychological anxiety fro the person who sees it. there are many types of doppleganger in cultures around the world, some even call them your “evil twin”, because they cause michief by confusing friends and relatives. Most likely it is mearly a look-alike, a second individual who shares a strong likeness visually to another person.
According to wisegeek.org, in folklore, the doppelganger is sometimes said to have no shadow or reflection, much like vampires in some traditions. These doubles are often malicious, and they can haunt their more innocent counterparts. They may give bad advice or put thoughts in their victim’s heads. Seeing one’s own doppelganger or that of a friend or relative is usually considered very bad luck, often heralding death or serious illness. In some traditions, a doppelganger is considered a personification of death.
In Freudian psychoanalysis, the doppelganger is often viewed as an aspect of an individual’s self that he or she is struggling to control. The double usually has both similar and opposing characteristics to the original. In other words, the double will be recognizable as the individual but will act differently, often in an extreme manner. Often, the repressed aspect of the psyche that the double represents must be confronted and ultimately defeated in order for it to go away.
Doppelgangers appear often in various forms of fiction, from stories of mistaken identity to more supernatural phenomena in works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a famous example of the doppelganger in literature. Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho features Norman Bates, whose image often appears in mirrors and windows, suggesting there is more to him than just a mild-mannered hotel manager.
There are many famous accounts of doppelgangers in history. Guy de Maupassant’s short story “Lui?” (called “The Terror” in English) tells of the writer’s own experience with a double. English poet John Donne claimed to have met his wife’s look-alike in Paris shortly before his daughter was stillborn. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and American president Abraham Lincoln both reportedly saw doppelgangers shortly before their deaths; Shelley saw his in a dream and Lincoln as a second face in his mirror.
Well, now there is a way to find yours..(kinda) with the help of an organization called Twin Strangers. Who claim to help you find your lookalike from anywhere in the world. The process is actually quite simple and it’s FREE:
Twin Strangers has the latest AI face recognition software. It can compare your face to every face in TwinStrangers and show you who is the most similar. There is a charge for using the AI Search Service but you can choose how many profiles you want to compare your face with and decide how much you want to spend.
I couldn’t resist, so I went ahead with the process, I got 11 “matches” on my first try and to be honest none are really all that close BUT, I can return daily to check out new matches in the hopes of finding my Twin Stranger. Here’s a few:
The site gives you the option to save “twins”, “strangers” and even do the advances AI search and save them as well.
With all the buzz about finding your heritage on sites like ancestory.com, this is another fun way to see if there is a twin out there. I will say that when I was in my 20’s there was another woman who I am told was my doppleganger, living in my city. Her name was Stephanie, I know this because I was approached numerous times by strangers thinking I was her. We actually met one day at the mall by accident, and it was wierd! We knew eachothers names immediately and got a good laugh. Unfourtunatley this was before cell phones with cameras were around(yes I am showing my age), so we were unable to grab a photo.
My suggestion is to give Twin Strangers a try, it’s free after all, and who knows you might just find yours! Already found them? We’d love to hear your story and see some pics!