What is Synchronicity?

Two of my mostest favorite words in the whole world: Synchronicity and Serendipity! Read on. Does this sound like something you’ve scratched your head about? Please let me know what you think.

syn·chro·nic·i·ty (sĭng’krə-nĭs’ĭ-tē, sĭn’-)  n.  pl. syn·chro·nic·i·ties

  1. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
  2. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality. 

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are casually unrelated. Synchronous events, unlike coincidences, are related to one another conceptually, and happen far more frequently than is allowed by random chance.

Synchronicity are coincidences of unrelated events that tends to produce an positive meaningful outcome.  It is almost as if the universe is  acting on your behalf to give you the positive outcome that would  benefit you.

Wikipedia has an more extensive definition by saying …

“Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner.”

Furthermore, these events are events that would seem unlikely to happen by chance.

The concept of synchronicity

The concept of synchronicity can not be readily proven via the scientific method.  Some say these coincidences are meaningful.  Some say that they are merely coincidences. 

Some points to consider … The human mind likes to find patterns in things.  The law of large numbers says that when there are a large number of events happening, there will surely be some events that occur that may seem very unlikely.   So when these unlikely event happen, we have a tendency to attribute special meaning to them.

There is also the concept in psychology known as “confirmation bias” which is the concept of

“tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true. As a result, people gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way.” [wikipedia]

Carl Jung and Synchronicity:

The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined by the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships which have nothing to do with cause-and-effect. Synchronous events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework which encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems which display the synchronicity. The suggestion of a larger framework is essential in order to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as originally developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung.

Carl Jung coined the word to describe what he called “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.” Jung variously described synchronicity as an “‘acausal connecting principle’” (i.e. a pattern of connection that cannot be explained by direct causality), “meaningful coincidence” and “acausal parallelism”. Jung introduced the concept in his 1952 paper “Synchronicity — An Acausal Connecting Principle”, though he had been considering the concept for almost thirty years.

 

 

REFERENCES:

Article written by Blissfulwriter http://blissfulwriter.hubpages.com/hub/examples-of-synchronicity 

Posted by Dr Leslie Brownhttp://www.tenerife-training.net/Tenerife-News-Cycling-Blog/2008/02/science/what-is-synchronicity/

 

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