There Are No Accidents

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A woman is set up on a blind date with the same man twice, years apart, on two different coasts. A singer's career changes direction when she walks into the wrong audition. A husband gives his wife an unexpected gift—after she repeatedly dreams about that very same item.... It was Carl Jung who coined the term "synchronicity" for those strange coincidences, when events seem to conspire to tell us something, to teach us, to turn our lives around. They are the strange "plot developments" that make us feel like...

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Overview

A woman is set up on a blind date with the same man twice, years apart, on two different coasts. A singer's career changes direction when she walks into the wrong audition. A husband gives his wife an unexpected gift—after she repeatedly dreams about that very same item.... It was Carl Jung who coined the term "synchronicity" for those strange coincidences, when events seem to conspire to tell us something, to teach us, to turn our lives around. They are the strange "plot developments" that make us feel like characters in a grand, mysterious story. How do we identify these coincidences as something special? How do we recognize their significance and use them as turning points toward a more meaningful life story? In There Are No Accidents, Jungian psychotherapist Robert Hopcke explores the nature of the human conciousness and the role of synchronicity—teaching us to examine our own stories, and tap into its power to strengthen our work, love, and spiritual lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While people have "a tendency to deny, dismiss, or discount" synchronistic events, Hopcke contends that when greeted with openness and acceptance, these occurrences, which briefly connect one's inner and outer life by shattering normal interpretive frameworks, have the power and purpose of transformation. As Hopcke, Director of the Jungian Center for Symbolic Studies, explains Jung's 45-year-old coinage, a synchronistic event must take place at a transitional moment in one's life and must defy a simple cause-and-effect explanation. It must also be personally meaningful or symbolic; one person's life-transforming event is another's banality. The bulk of the book focuses on relationships, work, dreams, spirituality and "matters of life and death," anecdotally illustrating how synchronicity often leads people in the direction they unknowingly need to go. While synchronicity has gotten a lot of play in psychological and New Age circles, skeptics remain. Hopcke's lively, accessible interpretations of a plethora of real-life events will make their doubts difficult to maintain. BOMC, QPB and One Spirit Book Club selections; audio rights to Audio Literature; foreign rights sold in the U.K., Australia, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Japan and the Czech Republic. (June)
Library Journal
Synchronistic events, like meaningful symbols, help us to make the unconscious conscious. Hopcke, the director of the Center for Symbolic Studies, illustrates how religion and Jungian psychology intersect in a quest for wholeness beyond the confines of linear logic. Through stories that demonstrate the remarkable orderliness of so-called chance events, the author gives readers an appreciation of Jung's theory of synchronicity as a force that shapes spiritual life. One of the more thoughtful, readable books on this topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573226813
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 379,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Hopcke is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and the director of the Center for Symbolic Studies, a center for training in psychoanalytic and Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. He has led workshops all over the country, and lives in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Stories We Live, The Connections We Make 1
Ch. 1 When Are Coincidences Not Just Coincidences? Defining Synchronicity 15
Ch. 2 Like the Lightning: Synchronicity and Our Love Stories 48
Ch. 3 Getting and Spending: Synchronicity and the Work of Our Lives 94
Ch. 4 An Inner Tale: Synchronicity and Our Dream Lives 133
Ch. 5 Getting in Touch with the Author: Synchronicity and Our Spiritual Lives 169
Ch. 6 Every Story Has a Beginning and an Ending: Synchronicity and Matters of Life and Death 214
Notes 253
Bibliography 254
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    MOST VALUABLE BOOK I OWN!

    There is NOT a better book out in the world. Easy, enjoyable reading....puts your mind and body at ease. For the people who question why things occur ....and why our lives have meaning...the only book I have ever read...that makes complete sense. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Synchronicity: A Guide to Life's Little Plan

    Though this book is not the best written book I've ever read, I was pleased to find it readily available at my favorite bookstore.I wanted to know about synchronicity and what had been written about it. The author is a psychologist and has provided informative details and linkages to Carl Jung's archetypes which explains those accidental occurrences which we all have had, that are meaningful--if only symbolically. Hopcke, the author, has done a fine job connecting the idea that life's story is private, that symbols are personal and that to find a subjective interpretation of these 'synchronicities' one must be open to the meaning of them from our inside to the exterior life of the beholder.I was delighted to have this little book on my shelf for future reference.

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