Deja vu is French for ‘already seen.’ Deja Vu is the feeling that the situation currently being experienced has already been experienced although it has not happened before. 70 percent of world population has reported having some type of deja vu. Some people even experience deja vu multiple times a day, and while often deja vu is usually fast and fleeting, one article in the New York Times focuses on one woman that experiences often and prolonged deja vu. This is peculiar because usually deja vu does not last this long. So, that leaves us with the question, what really causes it?
Deja vu has been around for centuries, yet there still isn’t a solid explanation as to why it happens. Many psychologists have evaluated this and studied the topic for years and have not yet come to a definite conclusion. The concept of deja vu is very complicated and there are many theories as to why it happens. People who have experienced deja vu describe it as being familiar with something that they shouldn’t be, or something that they’ve already experienced.
For example, you could be at a certain place with certain people talking about a specific topic. If you have deja vu, you feel like you’ve done this exact thing before, down to every last detail. Since deja vu happens to people with and without a medical condition, nobody knows for sure what exactly causes it.
One theory states that deja vu is caused by the confusion of the brain that causes it to mistake the present for the past. Another theory links deja vu to the paranormal or something that you’ve experienced in a past life. Deja vu could be used to show that the person may be psychic or gifted. So, whether you believe that you are psychic or just have a occasional glitch of the brain, you may be one of the people that experience deja vu.
Story by Benzi Allen and Olive Donochod