I say it's both, but more of the latter. It's easier today with the massive amount of information we can access. Syncromysticisms are very personal. I have a recurring one that seems like a type of deja vu. It's weird. It happens over and over. 1. something "fish" 2. something "telephone" 3. something "little girl". It happens fast. Example: Sitting in traffic I see a "Jesus Fish" on the car in front of me. I look up to see a cell phone plan billboard. I turn my head and see a little girl staring at me in the next car. Walking into a convenience store I see a fishing boat on a trailer pull in the parking lot. I look down to step up on the curb and there is a pre-paid phone calling card on the ground. I look up and there is a picture of a missing little girl taped in the store window. Very fast. It happened again Sunday at Texas Renfest. I saw a guy eating a slab of fried fish. My wife's telephone rang. A little girl bumped into me. 1,2,3 very fast. It's actually starting to annoy me and I wish it would stop.