How many times has it happened to you? That moment of realization that, despite knowing otherwise, you get a strong sense that what just happened, happened before.
Whether it was a sense of “I’ve been here before” or “I’ve done this before“, it just might be Deja Vu.
Baseball great Yogi Berra encapsulated deja vu completely with his short statement, “Deja Vu all over again...”
Some of us have had the eerie feeling of familiar events. An event happens in an uncannily similar way to another. Roughly 70% of us can lay claim to such experiences.
Deja Vu, the French word for “already seen”, is the phenomenon of an experience that bearing similar traces to one that occurred before. It is a term coined by French researcher Miles Borac.
This anomaly can, trite as it sounds, have significant impact on our daily lives.
And there have been 3 types of Deja Vu identified:
Deja Senti: This feeling refers to something ‘already felt’. It is a mental phenomenon and researchers believe that something felt in the past may be very similar to something felt in the present. Two different events can generate similar feelings and a person associates a present feeling with a similar one in the past, thus experiencing what is known as Deja senti. The similarity in the emotions associated with both events, makes a person think that he has felt the same before.
Deja Vecu: A feeling that everything that is happening currently is identical to what had happened before and a strange idea about what is going to happen next, is termed as Deja Vecu. A person experiencing a Deja vecu feeling claims to know what is going to happen in the near future and often feels that he is remembering it.
Deja Visite: This form of Deja vu is a feeling of having visited a place before even when visiting it for the first time. A person experiencing this form of Deja vu claims to have the knowledge of that place. He claims to be completely aware of the geography of that place. He thinks he has visited the place even when the contrary is true. In many cases of Deja Visite, the individual experiencing it is found to be knowing the place well although he has never visited it.
…with 4 Explanations
- and Spiritual
With it’s significance being:
- increased self-awareness
- greater faith
- better relationship with others
- an explanation of life-changing events
To where deja vu can impact our daily lives:
- with possible incorporation into our daily routine
- with prevention of accidents
- to make better decisions
- to form connections with others!
As for that last part, you don’t have to take my word for it, despite deja vu not being understood completely, it is well referenced.
I used two articles to create this brief introductory read, and each one explains it better.