Is deja vu real?


Have you ever been in a situation and had the uncanny feeling that you had already experienced it?

Maybe you were driving past a traffic accident and felt like you had seen the incident before or maybe you met someone at a party for the first time but you could have sworn that the introduction had already taken place. Most of us have had a similar incident at least once.

This repetitive feeling of familiarity is defined as déjà vu and studies indicate that at least 74 per cent of people admit to having it.

Déjà vu is often described as a feeling of repetition or familiarity. Sometimes it is accompanied by an eerie strangeness. The word déjà vu is French and means “already seen” and was first used by psychic researcher Emile Boirac. But many people have experienced this phenomenon. And scientists have come up with more than 40 different explanations for this phenomena ranging from faulty memory, reincarnation and psychic activity to symptoms of mental illness.

Many people may confuse the experience of déjà vu with precognitive experiences or an experience in which someone gets the feeling that they know what is going to happen next. Déjà vu occurs while the incident is happening and not before.

However, some theorists believe that déjà vu is the remembrance of a precognitive dream.

From this standpoint the feeling of déjà vu is the real-time version of a precognitive dream.

Other explanations of déjà vu include memory glitches. According to Dutch psychiatrist, Hermon Sno memories are similar to holograms. H

e asserts that you can recreate an entire three-dimensional image from a small piece of the puzzle. However, the smaller the fragment the fuzzier or the harder it is to see the entire image. From Sno’s perspective, people may experience déjà vu when they encounter something similar to a memory that is very hard to recall.

For example, you may be at a party and be introduced to a young woman named Mary wearing a yellow sweater.

You feel déjà vu and can’t explain why. Sno’s theory would assert that possibly you met a girl named Meredith wearing a yellow sweater in previous years. This is generally referred to as the hologram theory.

Some scientists believe that déjà vu has more to do with the way the brain stores information that old and unclear memories. Robert Efron tested Veterans in 1963 and proposed that a delayed neurological response is the real cause of déjà vu. He said that the part of the brain responsible for sorting incoming information may process the information twice due to a glitch in-between the two sides of the brain. According to his theory, the brain processes the information twice normally, once on the right side and once on the left.

Despite the many ways that scientists have tried to explain déjà vu as a physical occurrence there is no concrete evidence that this is not a psychic phenomenon. For more blogs on Deja Vu and other psychic or spiritual matters see