*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Connecting with Coincidence: Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in your Life

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. Please bring your own coincidence stories for analysis and discussion. We will also play two games: “Is this a coincidence?” and “Rate this coincidence.”

Instructor Bio:

Bernard Beitman, MD, is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to categorize coincidences. He went to Yale Medical School and did his residency at Stanford. He was chair of psychiatry at the University of Missouri for 17 years. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at UVA and in private practice in Charlottesville.

Required Reading:

Dr. Beitman's website www.coincider.com and his Psychology Today blog which may be found through his website.

Recommended Reading:

Beitman, Bernard. Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life, 2016.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A11 Bernard Beitman Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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