As about 70% of the population claims that they lived the phenomenon of Deja Vu, it is very likely that you too have experienced it or you will experience it sometime in your life. The Deja Vu phenomenon appears spontaneously and in most cases lasts between 10 and 30 seconds, even if at that time it seems to last much longer. It happens when you are in a new context, such as a new location, a special event, or a common conviction, and you have the feeling, even the certainty, that you have lived that moment with exactly the same details, the same people, or even the same replies. It’s like experiencing that particular experience again.
Deja Vu Theories
The first to study the Deja Vu sensation was the French doctor Emile Boirac in 1876, being the one who gave the name of ‘Deja Vu’ to the phenomenon.
Although scientists have been analyzing this for more than 130 years, they acknowledge that the theories elaborated so far are not enough to explain these sensations. There is no complete academic answer that justifies the feeling of living the same moment for the second time.
Thinking in terms of the linear time, when you experience a Deja Vu phenomenon, you aware of the facts that you have never been in that particular place, at that particular time, and under that particular circumstance, and that might mean that the answer to this phenomenon lies in the perception of the time.
In this dimension, we relate to a time flow from one moment to the next moment. We know that after 1 o’clock comes 2 o’clock, or that August 5th is the day that comes after August 4th. What if the real facts are not exactly like that? More and more theories about the cyclicity of the time have come up, lately.
Albert Einstein once said that ‘the time and space are ways we think, not ways in which we live’ and that ‘the past, the present, and the future are just illusions’.
According to the cyclical time theory, moments do not come one after the other but happen at the same time on different frequencies, which could very well explain the remembrance of the events that haven’t happened yet in our perception.
Neal Donald Walsh in his book entitled ‘Home with God’ defines the time as a tunnel whose walls, ceiling, and floor are covered by an infinite fresco, and we can move inside it in front and back, left and right, up and down, and cyclically.
Fred Alan Wolf, a physicist, and author of numerous books in the field of quantum physics, once said that the time seems to be like a one-way street that runs from the past to present. But there are theories that track the levels of certain quantum fields and particles that cross both back and forth at the same time’.
As it has been said above, 70% of people live these Deja Vu phenomena. The frequency of its appearance varies greatly from person to person. There are people who experience them once in life, as well as people who live this phenomenon quite frequently.
Physicians have determined that the highest frequency of occurrence of the Deja Vu phenomenon is between the ages of 15 and 25, and between 35 and 40, although they may occur anytime throughout a person’s life.
Although in the moment you experience the sensation of Deja Vu you may feel the sense of fear, it is important to know that the fear comes as a natural reaction of our mind to the unknown.
At the subconscious level, the information is stored in such manner that our rational nature does not perceive because we do not know how to interpret it. We are all more complex beings than we have been taught to believe, and we have access to plans that go above the limitations of the three-dimensional space we are supposedly living our lives.
Deja Vu Possible explanations
As said before, 70% of the world’s population has gone through at least one moment of Deja Vu. Most of these incidents occur in people aged between 15 and 25 years, more than in any other age groups, which may be related to hormonal and brain changes taking place in adolescence and still continue in the mature age.
Deja Vu has been associated by neurologists with epilepsy in the temporal lobe. In many cases, the condition of Deja Vu appears just before a seizure.
People who suffer from such seizures may also experience the phenomenon of Deja Vu during or after the moments of convulsions.
‘Short-circuited’ brain for a few second.
Some psychoanalysts attribute this feeling to a short-term ‘short-circuit’ in the brain that causes the brain to confuse the present with the past.
Déjà Vu All Over Again: This Man Relived Every New Moment.
Among all the recorded Deja Vu experiences, there is one particular experience that is simply covering the phenomenon in more mystery than any other Deja Vu experience.
This is the case of a 23-years old British man who frequently experienced long episodes of Deja Vu. His ‘nightmare’ started in college and the first episodes were like a normal short-term Deja Vu experience. The problems have begun when his episodes of Deja Vu grew in intensity and duration.
According to the researchers who studied this man’s odd medical case, he was not only familiar with the events, as in the cases of normal Deja Vu experiences, but he was like reliving the events like these have already happened before, and his brain has memorized them.
The young student hasn’t presented any neurological disorders that were known to cause frequent Deja Vu experiences, but he was suffering from anxiety. His severe anxiety episodes forced him to drop the college for a year, that being the moment when the Deja Vu experiences have occurred for the first time.
Researchers believed that a vicious circle was created when the Deja Vu episodes have occurred, due to the man’s anxiety condition, because these Deja Vu episodes were meant only to produce more and more anxiety episode and depression.
Even though researchers believed that the anxiety is behind the frequent Deja Vu experiences in this particular case, their thoughts were changed when the young man admitted that all those intense and long Deja Vu sensations began immediately after he used lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which is known as one of the most powerful hallucinogenic drugs. In this case, LSD has acted like an enhancer of the already existing Deja Vu episodes.
Doctors couldn’t draw any conclusions out of this weird medical case because they couldn’t link the anxiety to the Deja Vu episodes, or the Anxiety and LSD consumption to the frequent Deja Vu experiences. All that has been proven is the fact that this man relived every new moment without any clear cause. Hopefully, in the close future, there will be found a scientifically proven explication for the Deja Vu episodes.