- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (March 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757318843
- ISBN-13: 978-0757318849
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life Paperback – March 7, 2016
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"By bringing a medical-scientific understanding to meaningful coincidences, Dr. Beitman provides a fascinating guide for the rich potential of coincidences to better our lives and show us our untapped abilities."
―Andrew Weil, MD
About the Author
Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. In addition, he has edited two issues of Psychiatric Annals that focus on coincidences. Dr. Beitman is the founder of Coincidence Studies. His work with coincidences was the subject of a feature story in Men's Health. Visit his blog at: www.coincider.com.
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What a delight it was to read Dr. Beitman's very clear and practical interpretation of Carl Jung's work in this field. His understanding of synchronicity and his liberal use of actual coincidence stories, coupled with hs very balanced professional mental health perpective, gives readers an excellent vantage point from which which to view this subject in a new light.
The author's background as a well respected psyhiatrist not only validates Jung's work, it also gives specific guidance to those who wish to make synchronicity work in their lives. From ways to nurture and increase meaningful coincidences in one's life to waving signs of caution, Dr. Beitman offers readers a roadmap to making positive and satisfying life changes.
This is a great read for taking something as complicated as coincidences and explaining them in a grounded way.
As a compendium of synchronistic anecdotes, Connecting with Coincidence stands up well with many such believe-it-or-not collections. There are so many accounts of synchronistic events in the book that synchronicity itself begins to feel like a behavioral norm, which, I suspect, it actually is, but on so many subtle levels that it frequently escapes detection.
Dr. Beitman, like most scientifically-trained analysts, looks for the "mechanism" behind the phenomenon he is investigating, so a reductionist approach is inevitable along with the appropriate labelling of parts and a sequential arrangement of their interaction.
For me, a synchronistic experience has always had a marvelous "Ka-Blam!" quality to it that I love and a mysterious, magical aura that gives it its fascination. After all, Jung described it as "an acausal connecting principle", which means that it doesn't come from this reality at all. For Beitman, it involves elements of brain science and each person's attempt to solve problems, leading to the activation of one's ever-handy subconscious, which acts like a resident Wizard of Oz, showing you how to get back to Kansas a wiser person using what Beitman calls your "human GPS" system.
Still, Beitman leaves a lot unsaid for us "magical thinkers" who intuit more than can be said about such a multi-dimensional and often funny encounter with our paranormal capacities. Beitman must defer to his training as a scientist, but he leaves enough loopholes in his presentation (which he occasionally acknowledges) to still feed our spirits.
I do (or at least want to) believe that there IS something more meaningful than just randomness and base rates. While the book promises to explore the scientific based CONTROLLING of future coincidences, it does little to deliver on that promise. There's no coincidence that it earns but one star.