Archetypal Synchronistic Resonance, Part Three: Apophenia and Discernment,withBrendan Engen

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Brendan Engen, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist based in Waycross, Georgia. He is co-author with Jeffrey Mishlove of a 2007 paper, published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, titled “Archetypal Synchronistic Resonance: A New Theory of Paranormal Experience”.

Here he points out that apophenia is a psychopathological term used by skeptics to dismiss the entire notion of synchronicity. He argues, however, that not all ostensible synchronistic events are best explained away in this fashion. He also notes that many instances of apophenia may be harmless. Also, some genuine synchronicities can lead to harmful consequences. There are no set rules for distinguishing between these possibilities. The theory of archetypal synchronistic resonance will benefit from the collection of more case studies.

(Recorded on February 20, 2016)

Published on February 23, 2016


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