Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt you’ve already encountered and seen that specific event or place but actually haven’t? Well, that is déjà vu.
I chose this topic because I have experienced déjà vu countless of times. In fact, my family and friends are also familiar with the feeling. Déjà vu happens suddenly with no specific place or time. And occasionally when I come across it, I feel momentarily disoriented, baffled, and confused. Once, while walking down the street that I’ve been to for the first time, I find myself pausing and catching my thoughts, “I’ve been in this situation before”, although I know I have not. Other times, I am into deep conversation with a friend, and something “hits” me and I sense some unexplained familiarity of being in the same circumstance. I have known that this is what they call déjà vu. Although, I am unsure of why this arises. Déjà vu is a French phrase that translates to “already seen”, which is actually what I go through when I experience déjà vu. This health topic is important to me because I am interested in knowing the cause of déjà vu and why it affects not only teens like me but adults as well.
I used to think that déjà vu is a figment of my imagination and just one of those events that happen naturally with no scientific backing to explain its occurrence. But upon research, I was actually surprised that scientists try to conduct experiments to come up with the logic behind this feeling. No official report has been made on the causes of déjà vu since it is actually difficult to reproduce due to its unpredictability. However, it is known that déjà vu is orchestrated inside the brain. The nanosecond delay in the transmission of information from one part of the brain to the other causes one side of the brain to receive the same information twice – first, directly, and again from the ‘in charge’ side. The person experiencing déjà vu would then sense that familiar feeling. On the other hand, some scientists associate déjà vu with temporal lobe epilepsy. These scientists say that people with temporal lobe epilepsy experience déjà vu right before getting a seizure. These are just some of the possible explanations on why and when déjà vu happens. The real reason of déjà vu is still quite unknown. What is more certain is that déjà vu is normally experienced by those from ages 6-25, and is at its strongest during teenage years. Researching about déjà vu expanded my learning by making me understand that there is a scientific explanation for this occurrence. Since déjà vu incidents are common to people my age, it would be beneficial to know more about this matter to clear misconceptions (e.g. déjà vu is connected to one’s past life). Learning about déjà vu will make us understand its possible causes and how and why this issue affects us. The more people know about wellness issues like déjà vu, the less anxious they will be because they will be armed with the knowledge to address their concerns.
The feeling of deja vu oftentimes leaves people lost or confused as they feel that they’ve been in the same place or situation before although they are sure they have not.
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