Deja Vu

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On seeing something you had never seen before, have you felt to have seen it? Have you sensed of knowing something that is yet to happen? It was Deja vu. What is Deja vu? Deja vu is the phenomenon wherein one feels sure to have experienced a new situation previously. While facing an entirely new situation, one feels a familiarity with something experienced in the past. One feels to have been through the same thing in recent past or to have seen it in a dream. Emile Boirac, a French researcher in psychology, coined the term, 'Deja vu' in an essay about this interesting phenomenon. Most of those who get the Deja vu feeling claim to have seen something in their dreams or are pretty sure to have seen it some time ago.

Types of Deja vu

Deja Senti: This feeling refers to something 'already felt'. It is a mental phenomenon and researchers believe that something felt in the past is very similar to that felt in the present. This similarity in the two experiences makes a person feel that he/she has felt the same way in the past.

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 near future and often feels to have remembered it.

Deja Visite: This form of Deja vu is a feeling of having visited a completely new place. A person experiencing this form of Deja vu claims to have knowledge of an unvisited place. One claims to be well aware of the geography of a place, when the person has never been there in reality. Deja Visite is characterized by a weird know-how of a spot one has never ever visited.

Researchers have long sought the reasons behind the Deja vu. They have attributed psychological diseases like schizophrenia, anxiety or other neurological disorders. Researchers have not achieved much success in establishing the relationship between...
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