Have you ever experienced deja vu?
Who has never felt, at least once, the feeling of deja vu a previously unknown location, ever met a person that you do not yet know, or already experienced a totally new event? In other words, have you ever experienced a sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place? Or the feeling you’ve had the exact same conversation with someone before? “It’s strange, I have the feeling of having already experienced this situation.” This illusion of deja vu, many of us have faced in some period of our lives.
What is deja vu?
Deja vu is that feeling of familiarity that you can have, even when in a completely new surrounding, or new event or even meeting new people for the first time. The term deja vu translates literally from French as “already seen.” Most of the time deja vu is left unnoticed. Just because it lasts for a shorter time than it takes to blink. I will quote two definitions from psychology textbooks concerning the déjà vu experience.
“There is a curious experience which everyone seems to have had—the feeling that the present moment in its completeness has been experienced before—we were saying just this thing, in just this place, to just these people, etc.” (James, 1890, p. 675)
“Most of us, probably, have an occasional acquaintance with what is called paramnesia or wrong recognition: a definite “feeling that all this has happened before,” . . . in spite of the fact and the knowledge that the experience is novel.” (Titchener, 1928, p.187)
Deja vu: Sentence Examples
- She suddenly had a strong sense of deja vu.
- When I met her, I had a strange feeling of deja vu.
- When I entered the new house, I had a strange sense of deja vu.
- Was it a deja vu or an experience that I wished happened in my past? No one can tell.
- Why is this movie causing me a deja vu? Have I seen a movie with a similar storyline before?
- Experiencing deja vu for the first time can be a weird feeling. It can make you doubt your own reality.
In France you’ll hear this word on a daily basis, because it’s used to express “having re-seen” a person, place or things, not in another life or dimension. In other words, it’s a factual encounter. There is no difference in pronunciation though, which is why the context is always the key!
- As-tu déjà vu une chauve souris? (Have you “already seen” a bat? Or Have you ever seen a bat?)
- As tu déjà vu un extraterrestre? (Have you ever seen an alien?)
- Cela suscite chez moi un mauvais sentiment de déjà vu. (This gives me a bad feeling of deja vu. Or This evokes in me a bad feeling of deja vu.)
- C’est du déjà-vu. (It’s nothing new./It’s predictable.)
To sum up, if you have been somewhere brand new and immediately get the feeling that you’ve been there before, then that odd feeling is called deja vu.
There’s an opposite to deja vu, they call it Jamais Vu. By the term “jamais vu” psychologists mean a phenomenon in which a person perceives a familiar situation as if he was confronted with it for the first time. Familiar objects and people become completely strange to him for a few minutes.
I hope you will never experience the Deja vu and Jamais vu at the same time! So far there is no simple explanation as to why deja vu occurs. Most people think it means the same thing happening twice, which is wrong. So don’t confuse it with something that has happened many times before.
Deja vu is a broad term that is parent to a variety of phenomena such as:
- “déjà entendu” already heard.
- “déjà lu” already read.
- “déjà vécu” already experienced or already lived through.
- “déjà senti” already felt.
- “déjà visité” already visited”
You see, you already speak French! Have you ever experienced deja Lu? I hope you had never read this post before, otherwise you must be experiencing deja Lu! Deja Lu like deja vu comes from French, which literally translates to ‘already read’ as mentioned before. In English the term is associated with reading something entirely new, but having the distinct feeling of having read the article, book or newspaper before. In other words, the illusion of having already read something actually being read for the first time!
I miss deja vu.. I haven’t had it in ages! No, you haven’t read this deja vu post before! But you can watch this video that explains deja vu term. Yes, I know! English people suck at French, they pronounce deja vu like this: () 🙂
If you have had a vivid enough deja vu so that you still can re-call it today, share it with us in the comment section below!