EP216, Christian Busch: Serendipity Mindset

Serendipity places great emphasis on personal agency. You make happy accidents happen! Christian Busch, a world expert on serendipity, tells us how.

In this episode, our guest talks about his motivation for studying the science of serendipity and his insights into how to cultivate more serendipity in your own life. We also discuss the difference between ‘blind’ luck and smart luck — and how this relates to coincidence and synchronicity.

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Our guest Dr. Christian Busch directs the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University, and also teaches at the London School of Economics. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and among the “30 thinkers most likely to shape the future” (Thinkers50). Christian’s bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset, has been highlighted as a “wise, exciting, and life-changing book” by Arianna Huffington. Learn more at https://theserendipitymindset.com.

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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