Archetypal Synchronistic Resonance, Part Three: Apophenia and Discernment, with Brendan 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.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He serves as dean of transformational psychology at the University of Philosophical Research. He teaches parapsychology for ministers in training with the Centers for Spiritual Living through the Holmes Institute. He has served as vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and is the recipient of its Pathfinder Award for outstanding contributions to the field of human consciousness. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities.

(Recorded on February 20, 2016)
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