EP 219, Ken James: Tarot, Psychological Change & Synchronicity


Psychotherapy through synchronicity? Yes! Both within and beyond of the therapeutic relationship, meaningful coincidences accelerate change.

The mystery and usefulness of the “domesticated” coincidences of Tarot cards become another way to accelerate change. Tarot cards also hold up a mirror of the present, perhaps by visually capturing the movement of time through our space.

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Kenneth James, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. James received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He has served on the faculties of several universities and has also been an administrator. Ken has led workshops around the world on the relationship between divination and synchronicity, and on the use of the Tarot to explore the unconscious. The synthesis of Jungian thought, clinical practice, and the numinous has been a strong motif throughout his career. Learn more at http://soulworkcenter.org/.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

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