Have you ever had a déjà vu experience? It’s the feeling, or impression that you have already witnessed or experienced a current situation.
The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, “already seen.”
It is a rather common, yet little understood phenomenon. Most of us have experienced being in a new place and feeling certain that we have been there before, but we have difficulties understanding how it is possible.
For a long time, this eerie sensation has been attributed to everything from paranormal disturbances to neurological disorders.
In recent years, as more scientists began studying this phenomenon, a number of theories about déjà vu have emerged, suggesting that it is not merely a glitch in our brain’s memory system.
Psychologists have suggested that déjà vu may occur when specific aspects of a current situation resemble certain aspects of previously occurring situations.
If there is a lot of overlap between the elements of the new and old situations, we get a strong feeling of familiarity.
Alternative explanations associate déjà vu with prophecy, past life memories, clairvoyance, or a mystic signpost indicating fulfillment of a predetermined condition on the journey of life.
Whatever the explanation, déjà vu is certainly a phenomenon that is universal to the human condition, and its fundamental cause is still a mystery.