The expression, it is evident, derives from the French language and means “already seen”, which is precisely the feeling that surrounds those who live in this moment.
And although, in some cases, the fact is attributed to a dream we have made when is actually connected to a real world fact
Well, in that case the truth is that a déjà vu is presented in such a precise way that it ends up becoming one of those events for which we will rarely find an explanation in our life.
We have already experienced this moment of our life and everything was exactly as it is now, in the same order, in the same sequence of sounds, objects, smells. You may have experienced this feeling of familiarity in new contexts and places at least once.
It almost makes us shudder, because it pushes us to think that everything has already been written and that we had to somehow live that moment and go from there.
Actually the déjà vu is a message sent by our memory to tell us that we are in a familiar context. It happens every time we go home or have a coffee at the usual bar. We feel at ease, safe, in a known environment, with positive connotations and we instinctively lower our guard.
Sometimes, however, the particular arrangement of the objects in a room, the similar colors of the upholstery, rather than a characteristic odor or words
pronounced identically by different people, recall situations that we have already experienced and our mind sends us the same message of familiarity, to reassure us. Obviously, not having memories associated with that experience, we instead find it decidedly disturbing and strange. We find no correspondence in our past yet we know, with a disarming certainty, that we have already been there. Well, many have found the second familiar scene, feeling the strong feeling of having already seen it before. If we see an object or a particular familiarity in a new context, we could extend the concept of familiarity to everything that surrounds that object. So it happens that if at a friend’s house there are tents with a motif similar to what was in our grandmother’s house, we could consider the whole room familiar.This mechanism is actually used by our mind to classify places that share certain characteristics in a single category.
All to tell us how we should behave in similar places. For example: the hotels, however different, in the lobby, will all seem familiar to us. When our mind sees the reception, the armchairs, the staff, it gives us a feeling of familiarity, not only to not frighten us, but also to make us understand that we must act in the same way as all the other hotels visited in the past: check -in, pick up the key etc.
In reality, everything in a déjà vu happens in a few moments and the aftermath of this experience, described mostly as pleasant and interesting, is a sort of disorientation and vagueness, combined with the wonder and sense of mystery that still surrounds this phenomenon. A phenomenon that seems to allude to another life lived, to a parallel dimension, to the memory of a dream. As if suddenly a flaw opened up in a space-time dimension and you had the chance to look beyond or if you were caught.
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