- The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
- Another term for synchrony.
“It was a true matter of synchronicity when I happened to run into Samantha just as I’d been thinking about her.”
“When I experience several moments of synchronicity in a week, it always makes me feel unsettled.”
“Such synchronicity is almost unbelievable, but the results can’t be disputed.”
Why this word?
Psychologist Carl Jung brought the word “synchronicity” into popular usage in the 1950s through his writings on coincidence and human nature. In his book “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle,” he wrote, “What I found were ‘coincidences’ which were connected so meaningfully that their ‘chance’ concurrence would represent a degree of improbability that would have to be expressed by an astronomical figure.” He suggested viewing synchronicities as opportunities for greater understanding and internal reflection, and not just mere chance.
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