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  • Writer's pictureBernard Beitman, MD

Radio Stories: Synchronicities in a Therapist’s Office

Jung’s scarab, atrial fibrillation simulpathity, and I-Ching personality types.

Jung’s scarab remains the archetypal synchronicity—the most written about meaningful coincidence in the history of coincidence studies. A scarab-like beetle tapped on the window of Jung’s office in Zurich, Switzerland just as a patient was describing a dream about a golden scarab.

Psychologist Frank Pasciuti described a similar coincidence during my February 9, 2017 radio show, Connecting with Coincidence with Dr. Bernie Beitman, MD. Just as he was urging a reluctant patient to consult a specific psychologist for a formal evaluation of possible ADHD, a woman burst into his office asking if this was the office of the very same psychologist.

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Like Jung’s patient, Frank’s patient took the hint and changed his mind. He was evaluated and was diagnosed with severe ADHD.

Frank followed that story with another.

He had not seen a certain patient in five years. As Frank was going to bed, he suddenly experienced atrial fibrillation which he had experienced several times before. Unlike the past, this time he did not know the trigger. The next morning he found a voicemail message from this ex-patient saying that he might kill himself. The patient had called around the time Frank's AFib had started.

Simulpathity experiences like this are fairly common.

Myers-Briggs Cognitive Functions (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

During last segment of the show, we discussed the I-Ching and Frank’s research with it. The study participants blindly threw the six coins to determine one of the 64 hexagrams found in the I-Ching. Each participant was then given four hexagrams, three chosen randomly, with the fourth being the one blindly thrown. Each was then asked which of the four hexagrams had you thrown?

The participants had earlier taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Those people who were high in intuition, feeling, introversion and openness to new ideas picked the right hexagram 50% of the time! This result was far better than the expected 25% and much better than people with different Myers-Briggs profiles.

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