What is Déjà vu?
Déjà vu, pronounced day-zhaa voo, is French for “already seen.” It describes the fascinating and strange experience where you feel that something is very familiar but you also know that this feeling of familiarity should not be as strong as it is. As the moment is passing by, you feel that you have experienced it before. They are unusual but cool experiences that can actually tell us a lot about how our minds, particularly our memories, work.
To put in simplest words,
“You see the scene very faintly and vague in my mind when the scene first starts, You say everything that you just said, sit in the same position in the same place, will be doing the EXACT same thing and having the same thoughts as well!”
This has happened many times in my life and every time when I encounter such Deja vu phenomena, it freaks me out. One such situation I still remember clearly: I happened to travel to a place which I have never visited (even in childhood) and when I reached, I was standing near footpath beside an old house to cross the road that is when I had this feeling that I have been here before.
How Common is Déjà vu?
As per reports, the percentage of people who experience déjà vu is probably somewhere around 5% – 40%. Also many researchers explored that, déjà vu is common to young people than elder ones. Most people report déjà vu somewhere between every few weeks and every few months. Typically, this means that déjà vu is not very common so if you have experienced it recently you are very lucky!
Who Experiences Déjà vu the Most and What Does This Tell Us?
Young people experience déjà vu the most. By the time you reach an age between 15 and 25, you will probably be having déjà vu experiences more often than you will ever have them after that. The number of déjà vu experiences people report steadily decreases after 25 years old. This is puzzling for researchers because we are used to thinking of memory problems increasing with age, not decreasing with age! This may actually tell us something really important about déjà vu – that déjà vu is not a memory problem at all. If you think about the stage of déjà vu where you realize that your feeling of recognition should not be as strong as it is, you will probably recognize this is actually a really helpful response. It lets you know that while you may feel really strongly that something is familiar, this feeling is wrong and you should try to ignore it. Déjà vu may actually be one sign of a healthy mind that is able to spot familiarity signals that are incorrect.
What Causes Déjà vu?
This is a really important question, but it is also still a mystery. Researches and Scientists found very hard to do experiments to make people have déjà vu and we still do not know what actually causes it. They have pondered this question for quite some time now. Latest research says, it more common and frequent with people who have a condition called “temporal lobe epilepsy.” In people with temporal lobe epilepsy, seizures start in the temporal lobe which is a part of the brain just inside from the top of your ears, and it is important for making and remembering memories.
Things I have tried:
I’ve had dreams on and off my entire life of events that I ended up reliving. They didn’t just consist of images, but every single detail of an event was identical. They’ve ranged from mundane experiences (majority of the them) to dreaming of some dark places, walking on a big hanging bridge, castle upside down etc.. I accept that I may be crazy, but what choice do I have but to try and understand the phenomena? This is what I’ve learned:
1. I am also me in these “dreams”. The perspective never differs.
2. I’m unable to change the course of events when I realize i know the coming events. I’ve tried so many time and I’ve never been successful. I’ve reacted, real-time, but things still play out no matter what I try.
3. I’m not the only one. When I ask people, without leading them, S0 many people have the same experience.
One thing is for sure, Deja Vu cannot be predicted before nor will we know until that moment starts. Only thing which can be done is, EXPERIENCE IT, AGAIN!