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The science of synchronicity and serendipity
Bernard D. Beitman M.D.
How do you know if experiencing a lot of coincidences means a major psychiatric problem or an opportunity for significant psychological change?
Sometimes low-probability events seem to conspire to rescue people from potentially dire circumstances. Can these coincidences be explained?
Defining the origin and uses of the word coincidence.
Beginning with Jung, a few psychotherapists are recognizing that meaningful coincidences can be considered psychotherapeutic interventions. Here's data to support this idea.
Unlike most synchronicities involving a mental event and an environmental event, the scarab synchronicity required Jung to be the intermediary, forming a meta-coincidence.
What's happening in your life when you see your number appear on a clock?
How can we get beyond the question of whether or not we have free will to actually find an answer?
Mainstream science dismisses coincidences as random events fully explainable by statistics. Perhaps that view can be expanded.
COVID-19 demands a change of course for humanity. Let's take the synchronicity between reckoning of our materialistic drives with the virus wrecking the world's economy.
Scientists use coincidences as hypotheses for new causal relationships. Dietary fiber helps us stay healthy.
Even for a skeptic, writing about coincidences can bring on new sets of coincidences.
Scientific approaches to spirituality help bring together these apparently antagonistic approaches to the world.
To maximize the desired impact of a coincidence story, consider the mind of the receiver, monitor unnecessary details, and connect the patterns creating the coincidence.
There is truth to the Law of Very Large Numbers, but it can only be properly applied when we have data for those large numbers.
Are you recognizing the digitization of your mind? Synchronicity can help balance that with its dependence on your metaphoric thinking.
My backstory and experiences of coincidences.
New research shows that people can accurately judge whether an event is a coincidence or not—unless it happens to you.
Being alert to the unexpected creates serendipity. Scan your environment. Believe you can find new things and ideas to please you and your friends.
What do you mean when you say coincidence, synchronicity, or serendipity? How are they related and different?
What are the odds of meeting someone on a trail in the woods in a strange town who knows my son?
What do you do if your romance is charged with coincidences? Be careful about falling for the belief that this relationship will last forever.
Coincidences vary in their quality. Currently, quality is judged intuitively. Here is an attempt to objectify quality determination by focusing on various characteristics.
A meditation upon the basic concepts of Coincidence Studies
How can we know what someone else is thinking about us? Interpersonal coincidences challenge us to answer this question.
Similarities and difference confound our thinking. What is similar, what is different, how can I hold them both in mind when analyzing a coincidence?
A very smart psychiatrist experiences mania and reports to us about the major increase in coincidences and speculates about how they may be explained.
Killion has developed a data based model of coincidences between specific ages and specific life challenges.
If you want evidence for the pre-eminence of love, experience the stories of those who lost people in 9/11.
Therapy is a rich playground for synchronicities because the factors that influence the creation of coincidences are ever present–high emotion, transition, and need.
The mind-brain membrane manages the wide range of stimuli impinging on the brain. We need to discover the processes within this membrane.
Bernard Beitman, M.D., is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia. He is the former chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia department of psychiatry.