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Synchronicity and holism

Main, Roderick (2019) 'Synchronicity and holism.' Revue de Psychologie Analytique, 8. (In Press)

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Abstract

Carl Gustav Jung’s (1875-1961) concept of synchronicity – designating the experience of meaningful coincidence and the implied principle of acausal connection through meaning – has been extensively discussed and deployed within the field of analytical psychology (von Franz 1974, 1980, 1992; Bolen 1979; Hopcke 1997; Cambray 2009; Haule 2011). It also continues to exert allure across many areas of popular culture (Hocoy 2012). Within academic contexts, there have been book-length studies of synchronicity within, for example, religious studies (Aziz 1990, Main 2007a), intellectual history (Bishop 2000), and psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies (Main 2004). Other books on synchronicity occupy intersections among academic, clinical, and popular scientific and/or religious frameworks (Peat 1989, Combs and Holland 1994, Mansfield 1995, Storm 2008, Atmanspacher and Fuchs 2014). In addition to these book-length studies, numerous scholarly, clinical, and popular articles have also been published on synchronicity (see Main 2007b and 2018 for overviews of some of this literature). However, despite all this work, there has been little success in integrating the concept of synchronicity into frameworks of thought beyond that of analytical psychology or operationalising it within non-Jungian programmes of research (Main 2018).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 15:05
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24760

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