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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Synchronicity as a Bridge to Collective Identity: Shared Orbits in Life's Journey
by George, Ryan, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 95; 1692031
Abstract (Summary)

Synchronicity occurs during times of transition: births and deaths, crises and transformations. It bridges the material and immaterial worlds of matter and mind through a correspondence of meaning. This experience leaves an indelible mark for many, and it has important implications for the issue of connectedness in contemporary society, and for individual and collective experience. The concept of synchronicity is explored from the work and life of Carl Jung and from the theories of psychologists, physicists, and philosophers. Parallels from research in quantum physics, field theory, emergence, cultural and collective identity, and paranormal phenomena are also examined. Using alchemical hermeneutic and artistic-creative methodologies, the author examines the intersection of individual and collective experience in part through the submission of a creative, fictional story, as a representative study of synchronistic experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Collective identity, Consciousness, Jungian, Psychoid, Quantum, Synchronicity
Publication Number: 1692031
ISBN: 978-1-321-67317-3
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