- The Several Meanings in a Meaningful Coincidence October 28, 2015
In this post I examine a basic element of meaningful coincidences—the several aspects of meaning in each of them. While the poet William Wordsworth suggested that sometimes “we murder to dissect”— that analysis can remove meaning from the experience—I believe that by taking apart coincidences and examining their qualities, we can more fully ... Read more »
- Why Study Coincidences? Part 2 October 8, 2015
I study coincidences because they are fascinating. I study them because I’ve discovered they are useful in ways most people never considered. Once you become aware of them, you realize what a ubiquitous part of life they are. They are intertwined with so many of the things we hold to be important.
In Part 1, I ... Read more »
- Why Study Coincidences? Part 1 October 8, 2015
When I ask myself why I’ve embarked on a mission to establish Coincidence Studies, the simplest answer is that coincidences are fascinating. They jolt us into an awareness of mysterious connections between ourselves and the world around us.
I am curious about how they work and what they can do. When I work on trying to ... Read more »
- Life is But a Dream September 17, 2015
As my coincidence colleague Tara MacIsaac in Peterborough, Ontario and I ended our conversation over the internet on 8/28/15, I asked her if she had seen the movie Waking Life. She replied that about 6 years ago this was her favorite movie. She had seen it many times, but hadn’t seen it since ... Read more »
- The Same Birth Date August 27, 2015
Thursday, June 19, 1986
On June 19, 2015, I met with a new friend for coffee to discuss my upcoming talk on coincidences. He knew the audience well and could help guide me to better communicate with them. He was also interested in knowing more about Coincidence Studies.
He ... Read more »
- Jung’s Scarab as a Psychotherapeutic Technique August 14, 2015
How Jung helped to create the world’s most famous synchronicity…
Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung brought us the term “synchronicity,” which literally means “falling together in time.” Synchronicity describes the surprise that occurs when a thought in the mind is mirrored by an external event to which it has no apparent causal connection.
It is a type of ... Read more »
- Electrical Breakdown July 16, 2015
Jack had been burning the candle on both ends—work, school, family, financial decisions. His mind was not the agile, clever, high speed machine he had come to rely on to process the several threads of information streaming through his life. His thoughts seemed to be plodding through muck and molasses.
A ... Read more »
- Obama‘s Clock July 2, 2015
At 10:10 AM on June 25, 2010 in the Oval Office President Obama heard the news that the Supreme Court had supported the continuation of the Affordable Care Act. He and his staff celebrated. At 10:30 AM photographs by the official staff photographer showed that the clock in the office had Read more »
- The Timely Editor June 16, 2015
It was early May, 2015. The July 1 deadline for getting my book to the publisher was approaching fast. Connecting with Coincidence needed other minds to evaluate it.
On May 9, I received an invitation from a coincidence colleague to join her on LinkedIn. She knew coincidence studies very well. And ... Read more »
- The Psychosphere May 21, 2015
Angie emailed me on May 8, 2015:
“I am struck by the uptick in media-related coincidences as suggested by your Weird Coincidence Survey results. (See Blog Post Weird Coincidence Survey Results.) I wonder if the increasing prevalence of electronic communication has some unique quality as it relates to our connectedness. ... Read more »
- Mom, the Wizard of Oz and Popcorn May 7, 2015
I texted my sister to tell her that the Wizard of Oz was on television. She responded to me by saying she remembered that when we were younger, my mother would fix popcorn and sit with us to watch the movie. I told her that I remembered that ... Read more »
- A Letter to Dr. B April 23, 2015
On March 25, 2015 Angie of HAPPY Reading wrote:
Hi Dr. B
I was just thinking of you on Monday when I went to visit a possible site for a camp I’m holding this summer. On the way there, I saw a church marquee with the same last name as ... Read more »
- Weird Coincidence Survey Results April 9, 2015
By the end of March, 2015 more than 1500 people had visited the site and 200 (13%) had taken the Weird Coincidence Survey.
57% were women and 43% were men.
Fifty percent of those surveyed were between the ages of 46-65. The following diagram illustrates the age distribution.
AGES ... Read more »
- Aesthetics of Coincidence March 26, 2015
After the initial surprise evoked by most coincidences, the person usually considers one of two meanings—explanation or use. Sometimes there is no good explanation and no obvious use. Yet with some coincidences, there is a simple beauty in the synchronizing of the two events.
We are fascinated by synchronization in ... Read more »
- Oedipus at the Cleft Way March 12, 2015
Coincidences serve the narrative thrust of many stories.
The ancient Oedipus myth is sprinkled with dramatic coincidences. It was popularized by Sophocles in 429 BCE and reignited in modern times by Sigmund Freud and his Oedipus Complex. The plot caught Oedipus and his father, Laius, in ... Read more »