To save this word, you'll need to log in. Jung Did You Know? It happens to everyone sooner or later: A certain number pops up wherever you go; an old friend you haven't seen in 20 years since high school appears the same day you're looking at her picture in a yearbook; you're singing a song and turn on the radio - and the same song is playing. Such coincidences, here described by Thomas Ropp in the Arizona Republic , March 29,, are examples of synchronicity. The concept is linked to the psychology of Carl Jung.
Dr. Carl Jung on Synchronicity
What is Synchronicity?
We absorb the pain, complaints, anguish and hope of our clients. What we absorb triggers empathy, anger, personal pain, as well as doubts about our capacity to help or the capacity to believe in our clients. I can relate to this definition, as someone who experiences synchronicities on what seems to be a fairly regular basis in my psychotherapeutic practice. David Peat suggests that synchronicities can help a person move forward and enter a new phase of their life, but it is a journey that the one experiencing the synchronicity must make alone. Contrary to popular belief, the notion of synchronicity is not inconsistent with a scientific mindset. Indeed, Carl Jung developed his ideas on synchronicity in part through discussions with Albert Einstein. He wrote about synchronicity only after Wolfgang Pauli, another father of quantum mechanics, convinced him to do so. Synchronicity has some features in common with the physical phenomenon of entanglement, whereby physical particles at vast distances from each other have been found to interact instantaneously. Synchronicity goes beyond space and time.
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Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connection between the subjective and objective world. You keep seeing the same repeated numbers, colors, words, or images all the time. Thankfully, the answer is no.