The thought of someone having an exact twin who isn’t blood-related can be a bit unsettling to those who may be an only child. Even the thought of being a twin that’s blood-related can create a bit of a head spin to actual twins who sometimes seem to share the same brainwaves. But a number of real stories exist where people met someone who couldn’t be called anything less than their doppelganger. It’s the stuff that movies have dealt with to chilling effect, most recently in Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double.”
You’ve undoubtedly heard about all the legends of doppelgangers from European history and how they’re said to be an omen of death. Other mystical explanations have existed, including the idea that the brain could create experiences of going outside your body to see a double of yourself. You even hear about the process of being in one location and your mind concurrently transporting you somewhere else as a different twist on creating a personal double.
In reality, it seems everyone has a double they might run into in the world, either in their own hometown or when traveling abroad. Even those who think they’re unique enough where nobody in the world could possibly look or act like them are usually proven wrong eventually. Celebrities, especially, end up finding this out to both bemused and even horrified effect.
What would happen if you ran across someone who looked, acted, and even dressed like you? Would you run away, or would you strike up a friendship? Here’s a few things you can do that will make it a positive experience and one that can possibly add to your interesting list of friends.
Take Seeing Your Double Humorously
If you see someone who looks exactly like you in a public place, there’s no need to go running away in horror. It’s said that most people who do that are ones who aren’t happy with their own appearance and couldn’t stand seeing another like them. Even if you still feel that way, it doesn’t hurt to strike up a conversation with your double if you’re within close vicinity. Start out joking that perhaps you were separated at birth and that you don’t see yourself wandering around every day.
It’s these kind of lightweight conversations that started friendships among various people in the U.K. who found their exact doubles. In fact, the stories from there are eerie in how similar their doubles were, right down to wearing the same type of clothes.
Get to Know Your Double
In the above double cases in the U.K., each story brought a strong bond between each other to a point where it’s led to close friendships. While you might want to have DNA testing to see if you may actually be related, many people like this find out they aren’t related in any way. Because they’re so similar in their interests as well as appearance, many people assume now that the above British doubles are blood twins.
For some people, this might be something they don’t want to do, despite being friendly with their initial run-in. Regardless, you can probably find out more about the complexity of life if you end up becoming friends. It all depends on how curious you are about the realities that we perhaps all have doubles somewhere in the world.
Use it as a Branding Opportunity
If you and your double become friends and are trying to shape a new career, why not use the double as a funny branding opportunity? If you’re already in business, using your double in advertising might create a great ad campaign that brings more attention. If you’re both actors, it could even bring interesting opportunities in movies or TV.
Yes, considering most movies about doppelgangers now have to use CGI, you have to wonder how an actor would feel if their double was real rather than from a computer.