Embracing synchronicity: Toward a new medical science of meaningful coincidence


Journal Article

© 2016, Jonathan Davidson, Davidson Reviews Beitman. All rights reserved. Bernard Beitman’s book Connecting with Coincidence offers a clear and even-handed account of the ways that meaningful coincidence can affect people in all aspects of life. Beitman discusses some links between coincidence and Jung’s ideas of synchronicity. Beitman describes his lifelong interest in unexpected coincidences and provides examples from his personal and professional life. Drawing upon his years of empirical research, Beitman shares such findings as well as his rating scales that assess weird coincidences. He provides practical suggestions to cultivate skills that increase the possibility of experiencing meaningful coincidence and maximizing their benefit. Beitman explores the complexity of interpreting coincidences that are not always benign. Material on the neurobiology of coincidence gives rise to many promising new avenues of research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, J

Published Date

  • July 2, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 90 - 96

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1934-2047

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1934-2039

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/19342039.2016.1191116

Citation Source

  • Scopus