What is Synchronicity?
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.
This concept was inspired to him by a patient's case that was in situation of impasse in treatment. Her exaggerate rationalism (animus inflation) was
holding her back from assimilating unconscious materials. One night, the patient dreamt a golden scarab - cetonia aurata.
The next day, during the psychotherapy session, a real insect this time, hit against the Jung's cabinet window. Jung caught it and discovered surprisingly that it was a golden scarab; a very rare
presence for that climate.
Cetonia Aurata or the
So, the idea is all about coincidence: in this case, between the scarab dreamt by the patient and its appearance in reality, in the psychotherapy cabinet.
But this coincidence is not senseless, a simple coincidence. By using the amplification method, Jung associates in connection with the scarab and comes to the concept of death and rebirth from the
esoteric philosophy of antiquity, a process that, in a symbolic way, the patient should experience for a renewal and vitalization of her unilateral personality, the cause of the neurosis she was suffering from.
Thus, a significant coincidence of physical and psychological phenomena that are acausal connected.
Behind all these phenomena Jung places the
archetype, the constellation of an archetype, which, in his view, is a process that engages equally objective manifestations, in the physical
world, and subjective ones, in the psychological universe.
Jung's book on synchronicity
Jung writes a book on synchronicity together with Nobel laureate W. Pauli, a book we invite you to read (see the note below).
Synchronicity, as an explicative theory, applies to phenomena from the area of parapsychology, prevision and premonition, to
I Ching (the specific method of consulting the Oracle of Changes), to astrology and many other borderline fields.
It is also present in psychotherapy
, as we have already shown, but also in situations where patients find information about their psychotherapists by extrasensory ways, information that was not
public, or vice versa, when psychotherapists get information about their patients. The latter case is attested by Jung in his accounts.
Further resources for the study of synchronicity
-> Carl Jung book about synchronicity may be ordered from Amazon.com:
-> A paper connecting synchronicity and dreams (with quotes from Jung) may be ordered from our papers section of the site here.