The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence
Do you sometimes wonder whether a coincidence can be more than just a coincidence? In The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity, clinical psychologist Chris Mackey describes many people’s experiences of coincidences. They include his clients’ and his own experiences, that seem so captivating, so striking and so uncanny that they seem “meant to be”. They seem to point to a higher organising force in the universe linking our inner and outer worlds.
Examples include a clock mysteriously stopping when its owner dies or thinking of someone you haven’t seen for years and having them call you out of the blue soon afterwards.
As the new title suggests Mackey integrates the book’s themes further with the burgeoning field of positive psychology, a science of well-being. I also wanted to spell out more fully some of the potential benefits from meaningful coincidences for mental health.
Mackey is particularly interested in the potential benefits of synchronicity to enhance mental health by boosting our PERMA. Positive psychology uses this acronym to guide us to the five core pillars of happiness. Anything that boosts our positive emotion, engagement in life roles, relationships, personal meaning and accomplishment is likely to promote our overall well-being and positive mental health. This book spells out how synchronistic experiences can help do this.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is one of the most shocking challenges a person can face. Positive Oncology: An Optimistic Approach to the Big C, author Sue Mackey draws on her personal experience with cancer and combines this with positive psychology strategies, evidence of mind-body connections, and wisdom from ancient cultures to provide a guide to increasing coping skills and resilience. Her Positive Oncology approach is filled with optimism for harnessing the power of one's mind to achieve greater well-being and purpose in the face of life-threatening illness.
Wow, was my first reaction when I read Positive Oncology: An Optimistic Approach to the Big C! This is a powerful and valuable resource that allows and acknowledges the grief, fear, anger and sadness and offers simple strategies to help move through these phases on the way to recovery and wellness. I will highly recommend this gem to all of my patients.
- Dr. Karen White, Medical Oncologist
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