Dr. Bernard Beitman - Meaningful Coincidences
Have you had the experience of thinking about someone, then they call you? Is it a coincidence? Or just random luck? Our guest today, Dr. Bernard Beitman, is often called the “King of Coincidences.” Dr Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to systematize the study of coincidences. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he did his psychiatric residency at Stanford University. The former chair of psychiatry of the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school for 17 years, he writes a blog for “Psychology Today” on coincidence and is the coauthor of the award-winning book “Learning Psychotherapy.” The founder of The Coincidence Project, he lives in Charlottesville, VA. His latest book is “Meaningful Coincidences: How and Why Synchronicity and Serendipity Happen.” Through a complete catalog of coincidence patterns with numerous illustrative examples, Dr. Beitman clarifies the relationship between synchronicity and serendipity and dissects the “anatomy of a coincidence.” He defines coincidence types through their two fundamental constituents -- mental events and physical events. He analyzes the many uses of meaningful coincidences as well as their potential problems, emphasizing that synchronicity and serendipity, though most often positive, also have their shadow sides. Detailing how to record your experiences, he explains how you will see patterns guiding your life decisions and learn to expect that coincidences are more likely to occur during life stressors, high emotion, and strong need, which helps you be ready to use them when they occur. Info: coincider.com.
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