The Four Facets of Coincidences

Discovering the characteristics common to all coincidences helps to establish a more disciplined approach to studying them. Up to now coincidences have been described in a jumble of ways.   By formatting their presentations, coincidences can be more easily compared and contrasted. This will help develop the science of Coincidence Studies.

The four facets of coincidence are:


Most come in pairs, usually a mental event that matches an event taking place around you.  Some come in a series of three or more, like a string of butterflies.


DivergingPathsOr how they happen. Like “sitting down next to a stranger,” or “doing something different,” or through public and personal media  or through encounters with nature.

Hand drawing empty diagramExplanation: 

Many people think they are caused by God. Others believe they are random events.  I have noticed that some coincidences are unknowingly created by the person or persons involved. Better classification will produce specific explanations for the various types instead of broad generalizations.


GPS-useCoincidences can help with decision making, psychological understanding, interpersonal relationships, creativity, spiritual development, employment, scientific discovery, and health. They can also be funny or inconsequential. Some can lead to negative consequences.