Synchronicity vs. Synergy



(uncountable) The state of being synchronous or simultaneous.


(systems theory) A synonym of binding energy.


(Jungian psychology) Coincidences that seem to be meaningfully related; supposedly the result of "universal forces".


(physiology) The cooperation of two or more nerves, muscles, organs, etc.

‘the digestive synergy’;


the relation that exists when things occur at the same time;

‘the drug produces an increased synchrony of the brain waves’;


(pharmacology) The combined action of two or more drugs where the effects are stronger than their mere sum.


Synchronicity (German: Synchronizität) is a concept first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl G. Jung Jung held that to ascribe meaning to certain acausal coincidences can be a healthy, even necessary, function of the human mind—principally, by way of bringing important material of the unconscious mind to attention. This further developed into the view that there is a philosophical objectivity or suprasubjectivity to the meaningfulness of such coincidences, as related to the collective unconscious.During his career, Jung furnished several different definitions of the term, defining synchronicity as , , , and as the .

‘to describe circumstances that appear meaningfully related yet lack a causal connection.’; ‘a hypothetical factor equal in rank to causality as a principle of explanation’; ‘an acausal connecting principle’; ‘acausal parallelism’; ‘meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved’;


(figurative) Benefits resulting from combining different groups, people, objects or processes.


Combined action


An effect of the interaction of the actions of two agents such that the result of the combined action is greater than expected as a simple additive combination of the two agents acting separately; - also called synergism.. Opposite to antagonism.


the working together of two things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects


Synergy is an interaction or cooperation giving rise to a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word συνεργία synergia from synergos, συνεργός, meaning .

‘working together’;

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