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Shows how synchronicity (the phenomenon of meaningful coincidences) occurs in and enriches ordinary life; provides the key for each individual to interpret the synchronistic events in his or her life; and gives fresh insight into those relationships, dreams, and flashes of perception that touch and transform our lives....

Title : The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and Self
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ISBN : 9780062500816
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and Self Reviews

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-03 22:08

    A well constructed book! I love it when a book changes my mind. Bolen didn't grab me in the first chapter - I felt that she missed the mark by purporting an over simplified and dangerously fetishizing view of East/West, masculine/feminine, and left brain/right brain binaries. I relaxed my judgement, trying to place her perspective in 1979 when, perhaps, Western thinkers found themselves turning towards the East in a reaction to aspects of their own culture they found distasteful. Given this mindset, perhaps these same people ended up over-demonizing the West and naively embracing shallow impressions of Eastern culture. So, with a more forgiving attitude I read on. As the chapters progressed I came to appreciate Bolen's perspective and insight as a psychologist. While she had an intimate relationship with synchronicities in her own life and understood the magic and beauty of that, she has the clinical background to assess how synchronicity affects people.The crux of the book is how Jungian analysis and in particular Jung's idea of synchronicity can be thought of in relationship to the idea of Tao and Taoism. She lays out these parallels in a way that eases the reader into what ends up being a very spiritually minded thesis. Despite the spiritual and cosmic overtones, her academic thoroughness kept the ideas rooted firmly to the ground. While definitely intellectually stimulating, this book was also uplifting and invited joy - an amazing mix that is rarely found in one place.

  • Chris
    2019-05-08 03:16

    Ch 1 is good, ch 7 is worth reading for the part on quantum mechanics, and the rest is basically a repetition of what's in ch 1. It's told through personal stories, which doesn't lend a lot of support for her argument about synchronicity. Also, if she were looking for an eastern religion to compare the idea of synchronicity with, she would have done better with Buddhism or Hinduism (which she references in ch 1). Both have a much clearer concept of universal oneness than Toaism does.

  • John G.
    2019-05-08 03:59

    Interesting little book, just finished reading "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol and see definite parallels between these two books. I liked this book quite a bit, makes sense to me that there are things we can't explain but that do exist. It perhaps operates outside of conventional psychology, but that's OK with me, helps me understand that coincidences are not always accidental and provided me a conceptual framework and philosophy that makes much more sense than mainstream religion and philosophy. I've experienced the things she talks about in this book and they are indeed very real. To me, this is a higher power I can believe in.

  • Kirtida Gautam
    2019-05-21 01:12

    I was hoping it to be more of a psychology book. It turned out to be more like new age kind of book.

  • Mckinley
    2019-05-23 04:04

    She starts off with a comment about how several religions point to "all is one". This is not true. I wish she had not included that and kept with Jung and his synchronicity theory. I am not convinced of how this was explained and found her examples lacking.

  • Yaaresse
    2019-05-08 02:59

    I've tried reading several of her books, and I always end up wondering why I bothered. Apparently, she's just not my cuppa. ___________Standard "I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why" disclaimer: My rating is based on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time. In some cases, "at that time" might mean before most Goodreads users were born. OTOH, it could mean a couple years ago. Your mileage may vary. Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might vary if I re-read it today.

  • Renee Legris
    2019-05-18 21:02

    A little disappointing ... To be fair, the book was written in the 70's. I was hoping for more substance, e.g., more information about C.J. Jung's view of the world. But if nothing else, it made me want to dive back into Taoism and pick up a heftier book about Jung. I did appreciate the way she tied together so many strands of the "paranormal", and posited how all these things are connected - and WE are connected - through a deeper layer of the Self.

  • Andrei Taylor
    2019-04-21 21:53

    What a terrible pseudoscience load of crap. Synchronicity is little more than the human mind creating relationships where there are none. The book is a plagued with anecdotes of people reading into meaningless situations and claiming that they are examples of this imaginary concept.This book is a waste of time and effort and brings an aura of understanding to a subject that we collectively misinterpret. The whole idea is as preposterous as society's brief stint with Psychoanalysis.

  • Ayesha
    2019-05-06 04:12

    Good positioning of concept/theory in the introductory chapter with case studies for the remainder. Easy to read and will potentially resonate if you like anecdotal 'evidence'. I liked the references to the personal journey of the author.What I took away from it is that if you are open to seeing patterns in life as a means to learning and perhaps modifying behaviour, you will. If not, then it really doesn't matter does it?!

  • Badb
    2019-05-18 05:00

    sin saberlo, siempre he creído en el Tao.siempre he creído que somos parte de un todo, en la sincronización de las cosas, en el self, en potenciar el interior para reflejarse en el exterior. en este mundo de caos, prisas, materialismo, hemos olvidado SER.

  • Guy
    2019-05-09 23:09

    Disappointed in this book - not sure why, but the writing did not engage me. Not sure if it was because my expectations interfered with my ability to ingest it, but the writing did-engaged me enough not to try it again- yet.

  • Angie
    2019-04-26 03:52

    My introduction to Synchronicity, which is a concept/phenomenon I think about almost daily.

  • Julie Davis
    2019-05-16 21:54

    This book is so good because it explains the UNIVERSE! loved it!

  • Az
    2019-05-21 02:17

    Not a bad introduction to syncronicity. Bolen does well to sum up some of Jung's theories, but includes some sections of debatable quality.

  • Nadina Rivas
    2019-05-07 23:15

    Love Psychology, it helps to self knowledge.

  • Pablo Mid
    2019-04-28 05:16

    Great book about synchronicity! I´m currently studying psychology and this book helped me understand more the synchronicity and the jungian therapy.

  • Marjorie
    2019-05-18 00:16

    Read for an OLLI class interesting concepts

  • Sara
    2019-05-01 22:17

    This book is a great intro to Jungian psychology and Eastern philosophy.

  • Todd
    2019-05-07 23:02

    This is a very good book.

  • Tonia Browne
    2019-04-30 20:56

    loved it - so clever especially when you consider when it was written. Read it in a day and would read it again :)

  • Leah
    2019-05-17 01:01

    This book is fascinating if you are into Jung or Taoism at all I would highly recommend.

  • Estrella
    2019-05-07 22:56

    Great book, it had a lot of meaning to me.

  • Christiane
    2019-05-02 23:06

    Thin little book, to the point, illyuminating.

  • Mike McMahon
    2019-05-19 05:16

    A brief introduction to syncronicity and Taoism.