Let's face it...there's a lot to complain about in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. And with the release date of The Force Awakens approaching, many of us are looking back at the six previous movies and realizing that, yes, Episode 1 is indeed, quite bad. (I liked it at the time, but that's another story.) However, one seemingly indisputable criticism is that much of the plot revolves around the incredible coincidence of our heroes crash landing on Tatooine, right next door to young Anakin, thus setting in motion the events of rest of the series.
From a therapeutic perspective, coincidences can be very valuable. If a client has noticed something coincidental, it tells me, as a therapist, that it's important simply because they noticed it. Does it have a larger meaning? That's not for me to decide, as we determine our own narrative and the events that make it up, but if a client calls my attention to something, I tend to think it's important.
But what about coincidences themselves? This very interesting Psychology Today article provides some insights.
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Perspectives on therapy and mental health as viewed through the lens of popular culture