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WOW: Synchronicity

Monday, September 28, 2009
The word synchronize is relatively easy to identify and simply means to occur at the same time and operate in unison, much like the simultaneous movements of synchronized swimmers. Originally developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, OBG's WOW (Word of the Week) - synchronicity - is different in that it is described as the experience of two or more events that are causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner. To count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance (i.e., a coincidence of events). By way of example, Wikipedia goes on to say that the French writer Émile Deschamps claims in his memoirs that in 1805, he was treated to some plum pudding by a stranger named Monsieur de Fontgibu. Ten years later, the writer encountered plum pudding on the menu of a Paris restaurant and wanted to order some, but the waiter told him that the last dish had already been served to another customer, who turned out to be de Fontgibu. Many years later, in 1832, Émile Deschamps was at a diner and was once again offered plum pudding. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends that only de Fontgibu was missing to make the setting complete—and in the same instant, de Fontgibu entered the room. Coincidence?


Trish and Rob MacGregor on: September 29, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

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Unknown on: November 1, 2010 at 7:14 PM said...

Had another synchronistic dream with my husband last night and thought it would make sense to chronicle it here. When I originally wrote this blog post, it was inspired by a synchronistic dream we had as well. We dreamed the same story.
In last night's dream, I was shouting for people to get out of my house. The sound of my husband's voice next to me woke me from my dream. While still asleep, he yelled: "Get the $*%&%&$* out of my %&*$%#& house!" I froze trying quickly to come out of the fog of sleep. Then I stared at him careful not to wake him up. In less than a minute, and after a bunch of rustling and mumbling in this sleep, he startled himself awake and I was looking at him. "Some people were trying to get in the house and I was yelling at them when you woke me up," I said. "Yep," he yawned. "Because someone was in the house."


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