Something happened before!

Sam woke up in the morning. He went out of his room. A very freshly brewed coffee smell from the kitchen made him peep into the kitchen, he found his mother making crisp dosa made with Ravva and topped with an onion-green chili mixture, served with groundnut chutney. A delicious breakfast to kickstart his day with doubled-energy. Sam’s mom found him peeping standing beside the refrigerator and scolds him for waking up late. When his mom continues to ask him to freshen up sam feels the things which all have happened until then has happened before. He strongly feels it has really happened to him before. It may be strange for some of us to feel this kind of feeling that happened before. But almost many of us have experienced this already happened before things in our lives. This is a phenomenon called “Déjà vu”. It is the Psychological theory discovered by Emile Boirac a French Psychic Researcher.

What is Déjà vu?

Déjà vu is a feeling of having already experienced the current situation. It is completely a feeling of an overwhelming sense of familiarity with an unfamiliar situation in reality. The phrase literally explains the meaning of the word from the language of French. It means “already seen” in French. Some interpret Déjà vu in a paranormal context but there are many scientific approaches as well. Simply it can also be associated with false memories. It is a memory dissociation kind of effect.

What is False memory? 

False memory is a phenomenon that tells us that a person recalls a memory that never happened in his/her life or recalls a memory differently from the situation it had generally happened. We can also call them as fake memories. For example, a memory that you lock your home before going to the office and gives keys to the neighbor to give them to the children in the evening where in reality you actually take them along with you in hurry. Here, in this case, this has happened because you are accustomed to giving the keys to your neighbor every day before leaving for your office but one day you took them with you in a hurry that you might be late for your office. This analysis may not be the same for all of us. 

Causes of false memories :

  • Similarity
  • Assumptions
  • Inaccuracy in recognition
  • Improper discernment
  • Overconfidence and mistrust on our memory 

False memories are almost common for every individual in their life. It is not a big problem one can face. Although it is having negative implications in the field of clinical and forensics, nearly it is not an issue in one’s daily life as far as I am concerned. But these false memories lead to a mental disorder like false memory syndrome when the effects of the traumatic events that cause them. This mental disorder can be treated by psychotherapy techniques like hypnosis and guided meditation. This is very usual in people who are having bad memories but also surprisingly in the people who are having good memories. 


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