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The science of synchronicity and serendipity
Bernard D. Beitman M.D.
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.
Ever wonder about the weird connections you make with some others at a distance? Here's some food for thought.
4000 years of accumulated ancient philosophy reflects the careful and confirmed observation of many, many scholars. Their conclusions help us to create imagined futures.
Each movement we make toward a desired goal increases the likelihood of getting to that goal in ways we are just beginning to understand. Something about apples and probability?
Our brains respond quickly to low probability events because they tend to be deviations from expectations. Statisticians and synchronicity theorists stake out the same territory.
In addition to personality variables like the tendency to easily associate one idea with another similar idea, several situational factors increase the probability of coincidences.
How artistic images create a coincidence to illustrate the human condition and our group mind.
Coinciders are individuals who frequently experience coincidences. If you are such a person, which of the personality traits described in this study fit you?
Step back to imagine how meaningful coincidences can influence your confidence in certain decisions and your understanding of how the world works.
Have you ever found yourself right where you need to be without really knowing how you got there? You are not the only one.
Mind-blowing coincidences can open your mind to new realities.
Coincidence stories tend to fall into fairly discrete thematic categories. Here is the first attempt at describing them.
Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.
Analyzing coincidences includes looking at how they impact you in your life right then!
Group entrainment can lead to desired outcomes in sports, jazz, and organizations.
How can our precognitive abilities help tune us in to timeless love?
Even when confronted personally with a low probability coincidence, a major statistician clings tightly to his belief in the full explanatory power of coincidences.
Emotions are the very life of us. They connect us to each other at a distance, forming the basis of many profound coincidences.
Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.
How does coincidence counseling work? Here is a specific example involving a rare disease, a patient, and the two doctors.
Coincidence awareness can be expanded to the signs and symbols of daily life.
Conjunctions of Meaningfully Parallel Events (CMPEs) is a coincidence type that provides highly useful messages to those who learn how to use them.
Out of the mundane discovery of a package of Twizzlers comes a meaning loaded sequence that challenges the materialist view of how the world works.
Meaningful coincidences can inform leadership decisions in highly useful ways. Philip Merry discusses how openness to using them helps develop opportunities for synchronicity.
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.