Fall 2015: Coincidence Studies: How to Recognize, Use, and Explain Synchronicities - NCSS 129



Fall 2015: Coincidence Studies: How to Recognize, Use, and Explain Synchronicities - NCSS 129


Thu. Oct 22, 2015 - Thu. Nov 12, 2015 (4 weeks)
Every Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Zehmer Hall, Room B

Meaningful coincidences can take many forms. An unexpected meeting feels as if it has been arranged, leading to romance or a new job or a needed advisor. A particularly strong gut feeling or intuition leads to a surprisingly useful outcome. Just when you need information, it suddenly shows up. Over four sessions, this course provides a practical guide for recognizing and using meaningful coincidences in everyday life, beginning with a brief history of the study of synchronicity – a concept made most famous by psychologist Carl Jung. Topics include coincidence detection and popular explanations – ranging from probability, to latent personal abilities, to divinity. Can an increased awareness of meaningful coincidences positively impact decision making, relationships, creativity, physical health, and overall wellness? A new theory suggests it can – and points toward an unrecognized human capacity. “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have the eyes to see.” Carl Jung (1875-1961).
Instructor: Dr. Bernard Beitman is a visiting professor at U.Va. in the department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and is the former Chair of the department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated from Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. He has edited two issues of Psychiatric Annals that focus on coincidences and is the founder of the developing interdisciplinary field of Coincidence Studies.
This class if offered by the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.
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