De Ja Vu, Jamais Vu & Presque Vu

We know about De Ja Vu, but did you know there are other phenomena that are also little quirks of our memory system? Here is all you need to know about all the Vu's!
Sarah Chumacero
9th February 2019.
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We know about De Ja Vu, but did you know there are other phenomena that are also little quirks of our memory system? Here is all you need to know about all the Vu's!

What is De Ja Vu

De Ja Vu is a common phenomena which I have written about before. It can be associated with precognition and even parallel universes where suddenly you may see a place and suddenly you have this feeling that you have been there before. Perhaps you have had a conversation and you feel like it is groundhog day and you remember having this same conversation before. While some have theorised that it could be connected to alternate universes or slips in time, psychologists put it down to what they call a little 'quirk' of our memory system. The term De Ja Vu is French for 'already seen' which is pretty self explanatory. It is described as a feeling of familiarity. Scientists over the years have conducted a lot of research into this phenomena to see what can induce this feeling of De Ja Vu and what potentially causes it. While it is something that seems to occur to everyone, it is more common in people that have temporal lobe epilepsy. In fact a lot of people with this condition will report having a feeling of de ja vu before they have a seizure. They have linked the feeling of De Ja Vu with the temporal lobe but in reality, they don't know what exactly causes this feeling of De Ja Vu. It is put down to mixed signals when the brain tries to remember something.

From a spiritual point of view, it can be linked to a few different things. Past lives is a very common theory in that in a past life you may have been to a certain place. I have asked the question in the past about what information our subconscious actually holds as some speculate we could retain some of the memories of our ancestors which again would link to this feeling of De Ja Vu. I also came across a thought process that I found particularly interesting. It comes from Dr Michael Newton's third book - 'Memories of the Afterlife'. He believes that before a soul enters a body, it is in spirit form and is a part of what is called a 'soul group' which is almost like your family in soul form which is there for support. When a soul enters a human life, this soul family is around in some kind of way. Before entering a human life, he says that the soul works with it's soul group to work out goals and achievements that the soul wants through it's human life and create a plan as such and creating a 'destiny'. A 'gold nugget' is created which is a form of a reminder of the path that the soul has chosen as when the soul enters a human life, it cannot remember life beforehand. These golden nuggets are there to remind you of the journey which is why when experienced, they induce a feeling of familiarity. It even goes on to say that this is why we have certain gut feelings, certain dreams and certain relationships with people. I found this to be quite an interesting theory from a spiritual point of view as it is different to what I have heard before.

What is Jamais Vu?

This is the direct opposite of De Ja Vu. You may goto a place that you goto all the time, but suddenly you feel like this is the first time that you have been there, even though you know that you have been there. I know this happens to me a lot when I will spell a certain word, one that I write all the time but when I look at it, it looks completely wrong and like I am looking at it for the first time. It is thought to be induced by 'Brain Fatigue'. In 2006, a study at Leeds University had 92 volunteers to write the term 'out the door' 30 times in 60 seconds. 68% of the volunteers were showing symptoms of this phenomena. Some even started to think that the word 'door' wasn't a real word. A more extreme version of this is suddenly feeling like a person that you know is an imposter and is actually more common in people with schizophrenia. It can be an isolating and eerie feeling.

What is Presque Vu?

This is described as a tip of the tongue phenomena. You know when you are with a group of friends and you are trying to think of the band that sang a particular song. You know that you know the answer. It is on the tip of your tongue! This is Presque Vu. Your brain is failing to retrieve this information from your memory, but it induces a feeling that you know the answer, and it is coming - it's on the tip of your tongue.

When you break each of these phenomena's down, you do have to wonder how much of this could potentially be in play when working with the paranormal. While there are spiritual explanations for something, we can't ignore that the brain is very powerful and can 'mess up' when trying to retrieve information from our sub conscious and induces these feelings. It can be very difficult working with the paranormal and relying only on information a person is presenting. Without any sort of historical backing or any data to back up an experience we are left with just that, it is an experience. Perhaps our experiences are more than data and aren't supposed to be measured. I do often wonder if maybe there are some things we just aren't supposed to know. Philosophers for centuries have speculated over the soul and our mind being separate from our brain function. Why is it after all these years we are no closer to finding these answers? While science can speculate, they still cannot tell us for sure what induces these feelings as they have been unable to successfully recreate it. So what are we left with?

I recently watched the movie Signs by M Night Shyamalan, and Mel Gibson's character says a quote which I think it rings true when looking at all of the above.

"People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?"

Which group do you fall in?

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