synchronicity

noun
syn·​chro·​nic·​i·​ty | \ ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce synchronicity (audio) , ˌsin- \
plural synchronicities

Definition of synchronicity

1 : the quality or fact of being synchronous
2 : the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such 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 Carl Gustav Jung

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"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.

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Recent Examples on the Web The accepted explanation has been that the swaying was due to a weird synchronicity between the bridge's lateral (sideways) sway and pedestrians' gaits—an example of emergent collective phenomena. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2021 How to sustain momentum and team synchronicity toward greater growth and performance would be the defining question that each team leader has to ask for virtual teams to succeed. Jedidiah Alex Koh, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The longing melodies, layered over the trancelike scraping of the guacharaca, carry an undeniable magic — a synchronicity of sound and feeling that flows naturally when six brothers and sisters have been making music together for four decades. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Our heads just about exploded from the synchronicity. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Low-latency mode improves synchronicity between audio and video for smooth streaming and gaming Premium audio-grade components, including an AK4331 advanced audio DAC and dedicated internal headphone amp. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Once an order is placed, an entire network is launched with a few swipes by a consumer on their smartphone, who is now expecting suppliers and service providers to move together in perfect synchronicity to make their delivery happen. Jason Verlen, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 These were songs about convergence, synchronicity, human empathy, social harmony. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 In the video, several Spot robots bop with astonishing synchronicity in a catchy-yet-dystopian minute and 20 seconds. Sydney Skybetter, Wired, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of synchronicity

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Synchronicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synchronicity. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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synchronicity

noun
syn·​chro·​nic·​i·​ty | \ ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈnis-ət-ē, ˌsin- How to pronounce synchronicity (audio) \
plural synchronicities

Medical Definition of synchronicity

: 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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