This is one of the most insightful reads. Indeed, Jung's writings in this area form an excellent general introduction to the whole field of the paranormal.

Jung felt synchronicity to be a principle that had explanatory power towards his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious. Since most of Jung's original work has been translated & can be a bit obscure at times, this companion book offers many important insights into Jung's work. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung…, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. It was a principle that he felt compassed his concept of the collective unconscious, in that it was descriptive of a governing dynamic that underlay the whole of human experience. [48] The study also points out ways of explanations of synchronicity: For example, psychologists were significantly more likely than both counsellors and psychotherapists to agree that chance coincidence was an explanation for synchronicity, whereas, counsellors and psychotherapists were significantly more likely than psychologists to agree that a need for unconscious material to be expressed could be an explanation for synchronicity experiences in the clinical setting. Edition (October 5, 1998), Previous page of related Sponsored Products.

On the other hand, skeptics (e.g. No, too old to do that. "Coincidences: A fundamental consequence of rational cognition.

The occurrence of a meaningful coincidence in time can take three forms: a) the coincidence of a certain psychic content with a corresponding objective process which is perceived to take place simultaneously. This makes an end of the causal explanation as well, for "effect" cannot be understood as anything except a phenomenon of energy.
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[12] Also a believer in the paranormal, Arthur Koestler wrote extensively on synchronicity in his 1972 book The Roots of Coincidence. Do you feel as if being an empath has become more of a curse than a blessing? There was a problem loading your book clubs. It is also present in the Jungian psychotherapy, as we have already shown, but also in situations where patients find information about As far as methodology is concerned, all empirical methods can be used to study synchronicity scientifically: quantitative, qualitative, and combination methods. Carl Jung on “Synchronicity.” “Certain phenomena of synchronicity seem to be bound up with the archetypes.” Synchronistic events nearly always occur during, or because of heightened emotion. The best resource for the study of synchronicity is Jung's book, A paper connecting synchronicity and dreams (with quotes from Jung) may be ordered from our papers. Brugger, Peter. It is also pointed out that, since Jung took into consideration only the narrow definition of causality—only the efficient cause—his notion of acausality is also narrow and so is not applicable to final and formal causes as understood in Aristotelian or Thomist systems. [18][39] The law of truly large numbers, for instance, states that in large enough populations, any strange event is arbitrarily likely to happen by mere chance. Main has done a great work of introducing Jung's writings. It's Jung on a theory I believe in. I should explain that the main reason for this was my patient’s animus, which was steeped in Cartesian philosophy and clung so rigidly to its own idea of reality that the efforts of three doctors–I was the third–had not been able to weaken it.

Pauli wrote that he had gone to visit Bohr and at the time of the mishap in Franck's laboratory his train was stopped for a few minutes at the Göttingen railroad station.

), and even those interested in the law of attraction teachings; I would recommend this to those who enjoy horror novels as well. One generally speaks about coincidence in cases like this. Now perhaps I will explore contrary views.

[40], Charles Tart sees danger in synchronistic thinking: "This danger is the temptation to mental laziness.… [I]t would be very tempting to say, 'Well, it's synchronistic, it's forever beyond my understanding,' and so (prematurely) give up trying to find a causal explanation. (From Vol. I am enjoying this book quite a bit, the only drawback is I though it was all Carl Jung's work, but it's actually a compilation of his letters and writings with far too much commentary by the author. He also questioned the theory's usefulness.[41]. [29][ii], Even at Jung's presentation of his work on synchronicity in 1951 at an Eranos lecture, his ideas on synchronicity were evolving. Please try again. Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2014. Synchronicity (German: Synchronizität) is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. In this article, a meaningful coincidence, as coined by Jung, defines synchronicity. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. "Synchronicity and the Transformation of the Ethical in Jungian Psychology." The term synchronicity is coined by Jung to express a concept that belongs to him: the acausal connection of two or more psychic and physical phenomena. The introduction alone was a zillion pages long, I want a pure Jung book, so this isn't quite what I wanted but nonetheless it does have his work in it so that part meets my expectations. It's Jung on a theory I believe in. "[51], This article is about the Jungian concept.

You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}. In, Sacco, R. G. 2019. The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary, The Beginner's Guide to Alchemy: Practical Lessons and Exercises to Enhance Your Life, Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death. Jung and his followers (e.g., Marie-Louise von Franz) share in common the belief that numbers are the archetypes of order, and the major participants in synchronicity creation. Carl Gustav Jung Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. In, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 20:11. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The book also features Jung's most lucid account of his theory in the form of his short essay "On Synchronicity," and a number of Jung's less-known writings on parapsychology, his astrological experiment, and the relationship between mind and body. most psychologists) tend to dismiss the psychological experience of coincidences as just yet one more demonstration of how irrational people can be.

In his introduction, Roderick Main discusses Jung's encounters with and observations of the paranormal, the influences that contributed to his theory of synchronicity, and the central ideas of the theory itself.

Events connected by meaning need not have an explanation in terms of causality, which does not generally contradict universal causation but in specific cases can lead to prematurely giving up causal explanation. On Feb. 25, 1953, in a letter to Swiss author and journalist Carl Seelig, who wrote a biography of Albert Einstein, Jung wrote:[8]. However, such finalism or teleology is considered to be outside the domain of modern science. You may believe this anecdote or not, but there are many other observations concerning the reality of the Pauli Effect! The unseen is rapidly being accepted into the mainstream.

A vital companion book for Jung's work on parapsychology, Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2007. ", Johansen, M. K., and M. Osman. He had a patient that was incredibly smart. "The Predictability of Synchronicity Experience: Results from a Survey of Jungian Analysts. 2015. While she was telling me this dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. C. G. Jung had a lifelong interest in the paranormal that culminated in his influential theory of synchronicity. Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.

Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2016.

[17] Mainstream science explains synchronicities and even "mere coincidences" as underestimated chance events or spurious correlations which can be described by laws of statistics (e.g. [35] Either the final causality is inherent[36] in synchronicity, as it leads to individuation; or synchronicity can be a kind of replacement for final causality. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab.

~ Carl Jung 1869.

It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab that one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt an urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. The following past ideas and sources could have contributed to the creation of the concept: Jung coined the term synchronicity to describe "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." The emergence of the synchronistic paradigm was a significant move away from Cartesian dualism towards an underlying philosophy of double-aspect theory. A mysterious event that did not seem at first to be connected with Pauli's presence once occurred in Professor J. Franck's laboratory in Göttingen.