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synchronicity

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noun, syn·chro·nic·i·ty \ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈni-sə-tē, ˌsin-\

Definition of synchronicity

plural synchronicities

  1. 1 :  the quality or fact of being synchronous

  2. 2 :  the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung



Did You Know?

It happens to everyone sooner or later: A certain number pops up wherever you go; an old friend you haven't seen in 20 years since high school appears the same day you're looking at her picture in a yearbook; you're singing a song and turn on the radio - and the same song is playing. Such coincidences, here described by Thomas Ropp in the Arizona Republic, March 29,1999, are examples of synchronicity. The concept is linked to the psychology of Carl Jung. Jung didn't coin the word (the "simultaneousness" sense of "synchronicity" was already in use), but he gave it special importance in his writings. Jung believed that such "meaningful coincidences" play an important role in our lives. Today, some people even look to synchronicities for spiritual guidance.

Circa 1889

First Known Use of synchronicity

circa 1889


Medical Dictionary

synchronicity

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noun syn·chro·nic·i·ty \ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈnis-ət-ē, ˌsin-\

Medical Definition of synchronicity

plural synchronicities

  1. :  the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality—used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung




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