Carl Jung, an analytical psychologist, first introduced the concept of synchronicity in the 1950s. It refers to the perception of two or more events that are causally unrelated but perceived as occurring together in a meaningful way.
These synchronistic events, according to Jung, are significant coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect. They are frequently extremely individual and can defy conventional explanations. They occur when an internal event (such as a thought, dream, or feeling) coincides with an external event that matches or corresponds to the internal one in a manner that feels meaningful to the individual experiencing it.
Jung believed that synchronicity rationally explained paranormal occurrences. It was part of his broader theory of the collective unconscious and archetypes, which proposed that there is a stratum of the unconscious that is shared by all people.
It is essential to observe, however, that the concept of synchronicity is not universally accepted in psychology or the scientific community, with many considering it pseudoscience. Critics assert that such experiences can be explained by cognitive fallacies such as confirmation bias and availability heuristic. This phenomenon, whereby individuals perceive meaningful patterns in meaningless data, is also known as apophenia.