Sunday, January 9, 2011

DEJA VU

We all have experienced this in our life time, it is weird when it happens. It makes a person wonder if this may be another lifetime we have lived. The most likely explanation of dejavu is not that it is an act of "precognition" or "prophecy," but rather that it is an anomaly of memory, giving the impression that an experience is "being recalled." This explanation is substantiated by the fact that the sense of "recollection" at the time is strong in most cases, but that the circumstances of the "previous" experience (when, where, and how the earlier experience occurred) are quite uncertain. This recollection can be very unsettling and our minds are scrambling to put these events in the right prospective,

Deja vu, meaning "already seen," is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain. The term was coined by a French psychic researcher, Emile Boirac (1851-1917) in his book L'Avenir des sciences psychiques (The Future of Psychic Sciences).

The experience of dejavu is usually accompanied by a compelling seance of familiarity, and also a sense of eeriness, strangeness, weirdness or what Sigmund Freud calls "the uncanny."

The experience of deja vu seems to be quite common among adults and children alike. References to the experience of deja vu are found in literature of the past., indicating it is not a new phenomenon. Certain researchers claim to have found ways to recreate this sensation using hypnosis.

16 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hello Margaret what an interesting subject Deja Vu has happened to me a few times yet I can't explain the reason.

I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year celebrations. Hope 2011 will be a good year for you.

Yvonne.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Trust the psychologists and scientists to give deja vu such a mundane description. I prefer something more esoteric such as being here (or somewhere) before. It's an interesting and puzzling phenomenon whichever reason fits.

Becky and Gary said...

Thanks for al your kind words Margaret when you visit my blog.
I've never really read all this information but how interesting because like many others, I have experienced Deja Vu many times, and it is indeed spooky sometimes.
Snowing again today, but at least it does keep everything clean again. Our total snowfall for this winter season to date is 136". Of course lots has melted.
Have a wonderful week.
Becky

Kay said...

I've had it happen a few times in my life and it is unsettling.

Patty said...

Haven't had this happen for some time now. Use to happen quite often. Hope you had a nice week-end and recovered from the flu. Have a wonderful up coming week. Also thanks for all your visits and nice comments.

Gerry's Soap N Stuff said...

Hi Margaret, I have had these strange feelng of having already been there, already seen, etc. Weird.
We are waiting on the snow. We are supposed to get several inches, something we rarely see. All of the kids are excited. Well, the grown-ups are too..ha.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet compliments.
Take care, Gerry

Denise said...

A fascinating post Margaret. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week and I'd like to wish you all A Very Happy New Year.

dr.antony said...

In clinical medicine we often find people who have such experiences.In simple terms it is familarity of the unfamiliar.Such experiences occur in relationship with some epilepsies and also some mental illnesses.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret,

Although I read about this word many times, I did not understand the meaning.Only now with your elaborate explanation I was able to grasp the meaning.Many thanks.

Best wishes,
Joseph

Linda said...

Margaret,
Very interesting topic, as always! This one, in particular, is dear to my heart, as both Sarah and I are very intuitive people. Something will pop into our minds and then it occurs, oftentimes right after the thought. I've always viewed this as the gift of prophecy that God wrote about in scripture. There are different gifts. Deja vu is slightly different, but it's still one of those peculiar issues of the mind, that I find fascinating.
Thanks for another great read.
Have a wonderful week,
Linda

Abraham Lincoln said...

I think I have been around the block more than once. I was once told in a "reading" at a friends house in Seattle, Washington that I had done my required number of trips between Earth and Heaven and didn't have to return again, but I was determined to come back for this lifetime and did. I probably came to fulfill something I never got done the other times. That was the only explanation for it. Anyway. It is not Deja vu in my case but more like Reincarnation. My mother would never admit to such a thing but I am open-minded enough to realize there has got to be some logical reason why the Earth is saturated with religions of all sorts and sects of every description and all claim to be right. It is a crazy world I came back to.

Thomas C B Chua said...

Tks for your clear explanation. It did happen to me a few times and I kept asking whether it is similar to premonition. Anyway the psyche works in numerous mysterious ways.

Destiny's child... said...

Deja Vu happens quite often to me. For some weird reason, I feel thrilled when the feeling comes. Don't ask me why, for I have no clue! ;)

Missy @ My Life Ain't Always Beautiful said...

interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh yes, I have experienced deja vu several times and it is quite unsettling and leaves you wondering for hours.

Hi Margaret, how are you today? :) you always have the best topics to talk about. Beats my walk in the woods any ol' day.

KleinsteMotte said...

Interesting is that people who recall their experience of deja vu react differently. Some do not find it unsettling. I find that as I age it is more rare. Recall ability or lack there of is a probable reason for the change.

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