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#4 Déjà Vu – 10 Strange Phenomena of the Human Mind

#4 Deja Vu 10 Strange Phenomena if th Human Mind

In French, Déjà vu means ‘already seen’. It’s one of the top ten strange phenomena of the human mind. Although there are many other ‘deja’ conditions affecting the mind, Déjà vu is the most common, and almost all of us have experienced it multiple times.

Deja vu Experience

People who experience Déjà vu describe it as an intense feeling of familiarity for something you are not supposed to be familiar with. For instance, say you’re travelling to your hometown, you pass by a library on your way and suddenly you feel like you have been here before or maybe you’re sharing breakfast with a bunch of friends at a local restaurant and you feel that you have experienced the same thing before. That includes the same restaurant, same breakfast pick and same friends. You even get an overwhelming feeling that you have discussed exactly the same topic that you’re discussing right now.

Causes of Déjà vu

Psychologists have studied Déjà vu for many years, and there are numerous explanations for its origin. One side of your brain is usually in ‘charge’ of a specific skill. For instance, the left hemisphere of the brain deals with language in most people. A key explanation for Déjà vu is that there’s a split-second delay in the transfer of information from one hemisphere of the brain to the other. Due to this delay, one side of the brain gets the same information twice – once from the side ‘in charge’, and once ‘directly’. When this happens, the affected person feels that the relevant event has happened before.

Complex Phenomenon

Déjà vu is a rather complex phenomenon. According to Swiss scholar Arthur Funkhouser, there exists a number of ‘deja experiences’. These include Deja visite (sense of ‘already visited’), and Deja vecu (sense of ‘already experienced or lived thought’). Déjà vu is common in people who have temporal lobe epilepsy. It is reported that the phenomenon often occurs just before a temporal lobe seizure. Individuals who suffer from seizures can encounter déjà vu during the seizure activity, or between convulsions. Because déjà vu happens in otherwise healthy individuals with no known medical condition, there’s a lot of speculation regarding how it occurs. Some people have taken an extreme position when explaining the origin of Déjà vu. For instance, some spiritualism buffs have tried to advance a theory that déjà vu is what happens when things from past lives come out in this one. Others say that déjà vu happens when you search your memories for dreams that may have been like the present. Of course, both notions are impossible to prove or disapprove.

Déjà vu Prevalence

Studies suggest that more than two-thirds of adult respondents have had at least a single incidence of déjà vu. The phenomenon seems to be more common in people who have a frequently stimulated, lively imagination. Individuals who travel a lot are also more likely to report Déjà vu. Educated adults – for instance – people with college degrees, tend to experience it more often than others.

There’s no end to the reasons given to explain the origin of Déjà vu, but it helps to learn about this phenomenon, especially if you frequently experience it!

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