Synchronicity

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Model of the Unus Mundus according to Jung

A term used in Jungian psychology to describe near-simultaneous events in a person's life that have a meaningful connection without being causally linked. The term comes from the Greek "syn" (together) and "chronos" (time). It also applies to similar experiences occurring at the same time to people at different locations.

Jung developed the theory in collaboration with pioneer theoretical physicist (and Nobel laureate) Wolfgang Pauli.[1]

This theory, which Jung compared to Aristotle's formal causation, poses that "whatever is born or done at this particular moment of time, has the quality of this moment of time". Accordingly, astrological claims of correlations between the position of heavenly bodies at the time of birth and an individual's development were defined by Jung as being acausal and not directly caused by the planets.[2]

There are close parallels between the concept of synchronicity and that of analogy in astrology, according to which the planets indicate or reflect events on earth without actually causing them. For example, Mercury turns retrograde at the same time that a man decides to pause and reflect on his thoughts of the last few weeks. Inner psychological processes occur at the same time as astronomical events.

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Notes and References

  1. Gieser, Suzanne. The Innermost Kernel, Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics. Wolfgang Pauli’s Dialogue with C.G.Jung, (Springer, Berlin, 2005) p.21 ISBN 3-540-20856-9
  2. Jung, C.G., Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principal. Routledge, 1985