Jung’s favorite personal story of synchronicity occurred in 1925, about nine months after he first introduced his theory of the collective unconscious.

He was treating an intelligent, highly-educated young woman whose very stubborn shell of logic and rationality presented a difficult barrier to a more open discussion of her darker inner struggles. This barrier was very frustrating to Jung, and had become a significant handicap to the woman’s treatment.

A few days into the woman’s therapy, Jung was listening to her account of a vivid dream from the night before in which someone had presented her with a piece of expensive jewelry, a golden scarab broach.