The conventional argument goes:
the theory of synchronicity is not testable according to the classical
scientific method, it is not widely regarded as scientific at all, but
rather as pseudo-scientific or an example of magical thinking. However,
it is doubtful that Jung would have considered the theory to be
scientifically testable. ......."
However, Jung - quite to the contrary - anticipating that the conventional Freudians would think his theory of synchronicity to be too magical/mystical and supernatural, asserted three anti causal arguments. One has to do with method, one with meaning, and one with time.
He further believed his three arguments to be irrefutable. He concluded: "I doubt whether an exclusively psychological approach can do justice to the phenomena in question."
The first anti causal argument concerning method is the most important one. Jung reasoned that because these amazing events are like the random sparks of a firefly they can't be pinned down. Since scientific method requires events to be subject to controlled examination it follows that coincidences can never be scientifically investigated.
However, doubting Jung's doubts, starting at age 19, I initiated a fifty year investigation of the perplexities of meaningful coincidences. Following the suggestion of a number of theorists including Freud, I discovered a method of pinning down these seemingly random and elusive events.
This method consists of fitting each synchronicity into the person's total flow of experience which is recorded in journal entries. I call this method contextual analysis. Viewed from this perspective it is seen that synchronicities are scientifically testable thus refuting first and most important anti causal law.
I went on to successfully refute Jung's second and third anti causal laws paving the way for a purely naturalistic non mystical, non magical theory of synchronicities. I refer to my theory as Williams' progressive psychodynamic theory of synchronicities.
Using the method of contextual analysis it is seen that synchronicities always occur under the following conditions:A person must be preoccupied with a seemingly unsolvable problem.Their attitude to the apparent lack of resolution is either negative or positive. If negative the person will tend to be resigned to their sad fate. If positive something wondrous is likely to occur.
If positive the person's attitude to the apparent impossibility of problem resolution will be a dedication to struggling with struggle motivating the person to keep searching for an adequate resolution. This attitude of persistence activates their unique creative process.
The creative process is like initiating a psychological scavenger hunt in which the person searched for meaningful clues. Each clue is like a puzzle piece. When enough clues are connected to form a recognizable pattern this configuration is experienced as a synchronicity. But because it is pre-conscious it has to be made conscious "decoded" and interpreted like a waking dream.
When interpreted it is seen that synchronicities mark the fact that a seemingly unsolvable problem has been solved. Thus synchronicities are self generated "messages" whose origin is the personal unconscious for the purpose of creating effective problem resolutions.
Further when these occur and are interpreted
- it leads to an expansion of consciousness. Consciousness expansion
is experienced as increased vitality, confidence, integration, increased
powers of synthesis, an enhanced sense of purpose and direction.
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