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Coincidences and Single-cause Explanations

The problem questions are focused on psychological principles underlying coincidences and single-cause events. The article discussed beliefs focused on why coincidences exist. Explanations are provided that suggest a relationship between single-cause, and coincidental events. The article also examines why individuals may tend to lean toward one position versus the other.

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By way of definition, a coincidence is a term that indicates the occurrence of two or more events at one time happening merely by chance. Psychological principles are related to coincidences in that efforts are made from a psychological perspective to provide explanations for certain events. As an example, the concept of synchronicity was introduced by Carl Jung to give meaning to why some events occur. Synchronicity holds that the experience of two of more events that are unrelated and observed to occur together may be grouped by a cause; however, they may also be grouped by their meaning (Wikipedia).

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In this solution, psychological principles are investigated that help to explain single-cause events and coincidences. The three most common principles related to coincidence are discussed. The article examines why and how causal inferences are made regarding certain events.