SYNCHRONICITY An Acausal Connecting Principle From The Collected Works of C. G. Jung VOLUME 8 BOLLINGEN SERIES XX SYNCHRONICITY An. Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung). C. G. Jung. With a new foreword by Sonu Shamdasani. Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) C. G. Jung Translated by R.F.C. Hull With a new foreword by .

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The expected outcomes were also underestimated, so that subjects reported as performing ‘above chance’ were in fact quite average. It allows us to pretend for a moment that we are important, that we are in control in some grand, real way. How are we to recognize acausal combinations of events, since it is obviously impossible to examine all chance happenings for their causality? There has merely been an exception to the rule. I should like to illustrate what has happened here by means of an example: It was an extraordinarily difficult case to treat, and up to the time of the dream little or no progress had been made.

Or picking up books in my library that I have owned for years that I only now feel are relevant for the zeitgeist. It may lead us to an Individuated awareness where the Self has been acknowledged.

Does the book contains the lovely personal story about how this interesting principle was discovered? This is the world of chance, where a chance event seems causally unconnected with the coinciding fact. Its basis is the horoscope, a circular arrangement of sun, moon, and planets according to their relative positions in the signs of the zodiac at the moment of an individual’s birth. The most surprising event happened shortly after New Year’s Day and covering a teacher’s grade seven class: Although all these figures lie well within the limits of probability and cannot therefore be regarded as anything more than chance, their variation, which each time corresponds surprisingly well with the psychic state of the subject, still gives one acausak for thought.


Other than that the examples a Amazingly bold book. The results are shown in Table I, where it will be observed that the aspects are arranged by frequency of their occurrence in the married and unmarried pairs. Even more remarkable is the fact that time is not in principle a prohibiting factor either; that is to say, the scanning of a series of cards to be turned up in the future produces a score connevting exceeds chance probability.

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The experiment also suffers from one major flaw of assuming but in no way proving that there is no causal relationship between the horoscopes and marriage. Owing to the very large number of characterological variations, we would hardly expect marriage to be characterized by only one astrological configuration; rather, if astrological assumptions are at all correct, there will be several configurations that point to a predisposition in the choice of a marriage partner.

They said she didn’t have an open mind. I can only explain this obvious contradiction by supposing that he had a dim but fascinated intuition of an acausal arrangement and combination of events, probably because, like all thoughtful and sensitive natures, he could not escape the peculiar impression which runs of chance usually make on us, and therefore, in accordance with his scientific disposition, took the bold step of postulating an acausal seriality on the basis of empirical material that lay within the limits of probability.

Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development. Jung was an obsessive fan of The Police: I am on a mission to find a book about this author and this subject that can explain it well for a general audience.

Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle

These fifty aspects were first studied for married couples. A Crucial Role for Graduate Education. In the first fifteen aspects of Table II, these aspects occur six times for men and only twice for women. His reception has been quite mixed, sometimes praised as prophetically brilliant, often dismissed as obscurantist purveyor of mystical mumbo-jumbo. I will share it when I find it! Nevertheless it is worth pointing out that, amusingly enough, in the last batch the maximum of 9.


Equally my final experiment showed that the discarding of the original order and the division of the horoscopes into arbitrary batches produce, synxhronicity might be expected, a different iung, though its significance is not altogether clear. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since, and that the dream the patient has remained unique in my experience. The monograph is here republished with additional revisions by the Editors and the translator, with the aim of further clarifying the difficult exposition while retaining the author’s substance.

I was at this time engaged on a study of the fish symbol in history. My knowledge of his theoretical framework na the Archetypes and the Collective Ucs. It is, admittedly, exceedingly odd that the fish theme recurs no less than six synchgonicity within twenty-four hours.

These few hints may suffice to give the reader at least a superficial idea of acauswl experiments. At least all the cases in my experience -and there is a large number of them- show this characteristic. As regards the role which affects play in the occurrence of synchronistic events, I should perhaps mention that this is by no means a new idea but was already known to Avicenna and Albertus Magnus.

It turned out however, that the plum-pudding was already ordered- by M. In these circumstances we are faced with the necessity of finding out whether the apparently unique event is really unique in our recorded experience, or whether the same or similar events are not to be found elsewhere.