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Déjà vu and the Brain, Consciousness and Self

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UGH! I Just Got the Creepiest Feeling That I Have Been Here Before:
Déjà vu and the Brain, Consciousness and Self

Julia Johnson

We have all some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time - of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances - of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remember it! (Dickens in David Copperfield - chapter 39 (1))

It happens to me and it has probably happened to you. It is sudden and fleeting, leaving as unexpectedly as it came. While the experience is striking in its clarity and detail, it is difficult to recapture or recount. Generally, it is left unexplained and is described in a vague sense, often simply as, "Wow, I just got the strangest déjà vu." Because it is so difficult to research and seems to have no deleterious effects on daily and long-term nervous system function, déjà vu has been left largely to the wayside of neurobiological investigation. In all of its ambiguity, déjà vu is still a perplexing phenomenon that has not yet been fully explained. The value of truly understanding the source of déjà vu and its circuitry is in uncovering one of the many keys to the role of the conscious self in the functioning of the brain.

What is déjà vu and how does it work? Déjà vu is considered a common phenomenon. Surveys show that about one third of the population has had the most common form of déjà vu sensations (1). Due to the subjective and often indescribable nature of the associated feelings, it has been difficult, to determine who is actually experiencing déjà vu. In general, however, déjà vu is "any number of hard-to-explain sometimes upsetting occurrences of unexpected recognition, in which the person involved has trouble identifying an antecedent for the events and/or places which seem so strangely and intensely familiar (1)." Déjà vu has been defined as "familiarity without awareness (13)." While the situational cues of a déjà vu are familiar, there is a definite lack of awareness about the specific source of the memory.

Arthur Funkhouser (1) defines three types of déjà vu in an attempt to more clearly delineate between associated, but different, neurological experiences. These are déjà vecu (already experienced), déjà senti (already felt) and déjà visité (already visited). Déjà vecu is the most common déjà vu experience and involves the sensation of having done something or having been in an identical situation before and knowing what will happen next. These sensations are often felt through several senses: seeing, hearing, taste, touch and proprioceptive perceptions. The experience is often incredibly detailed and is usually connected to very normal activities. Although the episode itself lasts from only a fraction of a second to several minutes, it can often be remembered in minute detail long after the episode has occurred. One experiencer says, "There came this strange, almost physical up-welling of visual experience, a visual warping, and at the same time an eerie realization that everything happening now had happened before, maybe many times (11)."

Déjà senti is different from déjà vecu in that the episode of recollection feels more like the recovery of long sought after information. The sensation is one of satisfaction at having retrieved a memory although the memory was not actively sought. This form of déjà vu does not involve any feelings of premonition and the episodes quickly dissipate from memory. Déjà senti has been strongly associated with the partial seizure experiences reported by temporal lobe epilepsy patients. The extended nature of these episodes has allowed for more detailed descriptions of the feelings associated with a déjà senti event. "It was as if one of my dreams had simply been sucked out of the actual, physical environment and set to playing again in every detail (11)." Déjà visité is a more rare event in which a person visits a new place and feels that it is familiar. It is associated more with spatial dimensions while déjà vecu is associated with situations and processes. Déjà vu experiences can be in one of the three forms described above or can be a mixed version with a combined déjà vu effect [The above from (1)].

What causes a déjà vu episode? There are several possible explanations for what is occurring during a déjà vu experience. One possibility is simply the occasional mismatch made by the brain in its continuous attempt to create whole sensical pictures out of very small pieces of information. Looking at memory as a hologram, only bits of sensory information are needed for the brain to reconstruct entire three-dimensional images. When the brain receives a small sensory input (a sight, a smell, a sound) that is strikingly similar to such a detail experienced in the past, the entire memory image is brought forward. The brain has taken the past to be the present by virtue of one tiny bit of sensory information. It is this mismatch of past and present sensory information that causes the sense of disconcertment and unease associated with a passing déjà vu [The above from (2) and (3)]. This theory provides a satisfactory explanation for the physical effects of déjà vu. These appear to be similar to the effects of mismatch between sensory input and corollary discharge signal information to the brain. It does not, however, seem to provide sufficient answers to individual (even my own) accounts of déjà vu, where the memory image pulled up is not necessarily from a true past event.

Another explanation for déjà vu is that there is a slight malfunctioning between the long and short-term memory circuits of the brain. Somehow, specific information shortcuts its way from short to long-term memory storage, bypassing the usual mechanisms used for storage transfer. The details concerning this shortcut are not yet well understood. When this new, recent piece of information is drawn upon, the person thinks that the piece is coming from long-term storage and so must have come from the distant past (6). A similar theory says that the error is in the timing of the perceptive and cognitive processes. Sensory information is rerouted on its way to memory storage and, so, is not immediately perceived. This short delay causes the sensation of experiencing and remembering something at the same time, a very unsettling feeling (2). One other explanation is that déjà vu is actually the process of remembering memory connections, of following the impulses and synapses (4). All of these neurobiologically based explanations for déjà vu seem plausible and intriguing and perhaps there is some overlap or combination that accounts for the different experiences we call déjà vu.

Other explanations for déjà vu have been given by psychoanalysts, such as the manifestation of wish fulfillment. Here, déjà vu is the subconscious repetition of a past experience, but with a more positive ending (2). The realm of parapsychology proposes that déjà vu is a chance for reincarnates to get a sneak peak into a past life. Most scientists scoff at these "magical" explanations for neurological events, citing that they break many of the laws of nature (6). Some, however, point to more recent findings in physics, such as the possibility of particles that can travel backwards in time (tachyons), time loops and multiple universes. They say that these may give cause for more non-traditional ways of seeing causality and for the possibility of neurological "time travel" (1). This means that, maybe, just maybe, understanding déjà vu as a means of seeing into the past or future cannot be so immediately dismissed. It is certainly food for thought for the rising debate, anyway.

It is important to note the level of consciousness involved in a déjà vu episode. There are common threads that run through many déjà vu experiences. "When you are in the midst of such an occurrence, you are conscious that everything conforms with your 'memory' of it" (1) and "I know exactly what is going on around me when it happens. (9)." This implies that the participation of the entire brain capacity is not required to produce a déjà vu experience. Perhaps more importantly, there is a significant role played by at least a portion of the conscious person and the I-function. "It was like being in a long-running play, complete with the sense of being 'on' and standing

What is this role of the self in déjà vu? "To what extent is it possible for the core awareness to preserve ... images and emotions before they're swallowed up again and sealed tight? (11)" One epileptic déjà vu experiencer claimed that he could consciously recapture the feelings and notions associated with déjà vu simply by writing down the images that appeared during the experience. Later, he found that the memories had not vanished as before but could be brought back to a conscious level simply by reading the notes. The experience was brought back to him as if it was a conscious daydream (11). The striking implication here is that part of the conscious self, the I-function, is intimately involved and may be communicating with the processes of a déjà vu.

Perhaps to some, déjà vu is not worth its research weight in synapses. It may seem to many to be just an oddball, quirky brain trick that we learn to incorporate into our daily routine. Investigation into the implications of this neural event, however, seems to lead towards more in-depth knowledge of ourselves.

Quite a few of us who have "already-seen" would dare to see even more---would actually follow that dangerous, disappearing, inbound road consciously and witness for the first time what is usually jamais-vu and hidden, and I mean the steady dark frolic of neurons and the ghost that is called ego (11). A better understanding of déjà vu may lead us closer to an understanding of the complex relationship between ourselves and our memories. It may light a path for a clearer view into how we incorporate ourselves into our memory and into how our memory is incorporated into our conscious selves. How can this be futile?

This Has Happened

(1) "Three Types of Deja Vu," in Perspectives - A Mental Health Magazine, on mental health net, by Funkhouser, Arthur.

(2) "Been There, Done That," by Geary, James, TIME Magazine 149/18, May 5, 1997.

(3) "You're Not Really Losing Your Mind," by Peterson, Karen, USA Today

(4) "If You Think About It...," by Shaughnessy, Ed.

(5) "Scientific Approaches to Consciousness," a volume in the Carnegie Mellon Symposia on Cognition Series, edited by Cohen, Jonathan and Schooler, Johathan.

(6) "Do Dreams Predict the Future," in FAQ Maintainer.

(7) "Premonitions or Deja vu Sensations?" by Dr. Dewey.

(8) "Partial Seizures," by Ryan, Diane.

(9) "deja vu feelings," by Moyers.

(10) "Mind, Body, and Seizures," by Benak, John.

(11) "Yellow Brick Road," by Media, Frank.

(12) "Reincarnation," in The Skeptic's Dictionary, by Carroll, Robert Todd.

(13) "MEMORY: a record of the past."



Continuing conversation
(to contribute your own observations/thoughts, post a comment below)

05/11/2005, from a Reader on the Web

Dear Sir or Madam, I have read your article regarding de javu on the Internet. I experience that starnage phenomenon very often approximately twice a month. That caused me to find some information or explanation about it. Your hypothesis regarding the time delay in processing of the visual information looks quite reasonable. There is one thing I would like to note. In that article you said that the phenomenon is exclusively visual. However, when experience de javu not only my visual sense remembers the situation but also all my other senses are at work (I remember sounds, tastes and even smells). I would like to hear your comments on my case since you are a specialist in this field. Sincerely, Galymhzan T. Koishiyev Kazakhstan, Almaty

08/24/2005, from a Reader on the Web

Thanks for referencing my MGH post. I took that work quite further and developed a formalized theory for seizure control based on my own research. This work culminated in a trip to Prague in 1999, where I presented a paper on my research at a neurology/epilepsy conference in Prague. That paper was subsquently published in 2000 in the British medical journal "Seizure." If anyone is interested in a copy I'd be happy to email it to you. While the seizure frequency has subsided quite a bit over the last ten years, I still have the experiential seizures a couple of times a month. I'm more than willing to discuss any questions anyone might have about this or related subjects. Thanks! John Benak

10/03/2005, from a Reader on the Web

I have experienced a deja vu and it was very strange.When i do a definite action i have the feeling that i have done it before.It also heppened to me to know people who i have never seen before(to have the feeling that i know them).But the strangest thing happened when i was in the States for the summer the previous year.(I am from Europe and i have never been in the States before).It happened during my visit of Six Flags.The moment at which i heard the music and saw the entrance of it i felt something.It was something like fear.........something very strange.I did not know where was this coming from.I had that strange feeling all the time we stayed there but i was trying to interpret it like a great exitement that i am there.At the time we were about to leave it happened.I was there waiting for my friends to come.For a fraction of a second i felt i am somewhere above the others.I could hear vopices but they seemed very apart.I was stared and moveless.I was looking at a small bench almost unnotisable.There were many trees around it.What i remember is vouge because it was so strong and i was so upset after it.I felt that i am sitting in that same bench with somebody and i can almost say that i pictured myself there.The feeling was very strong.I even knew the time (i can say it was a long time ago when people were wearing these funny renessance clothes ).Then i could feel only how my friend took my hand and the whole scene disapeared suddenly.I remember being very scared after that.My friend kept on asking me if everything was all right.I was left without answer.I deceided to try again .I went to the same place but this time i could remember nothing.Everything had disapeared.It looked so normal.But the feeling of fear was left.I dont know if it is normal to be afraid.I have always been afraid of the dark and unknown and i was always trying to prove to myself that whatever it is happening it has an explanation.But now i feel afraid more than ever becauser there is no explanation on what happened.I am not afraid of the feelings that i am repeating an action (because i calm myself down by saying "ok maybe i dont remember when i have done it") But how to calm myself with what happened.I felt not only that i have been in a place where i actually have never been before but i pictured myself there, i felt the time separating my moveless body from the bench i was sitting maybe in some of my past lifes.I hate the idea of the past life.I am afraid to know that there is something beyond.Can you give me some explanation to what i have experienced(scientific)? Thanks

10/07/2005, from a Reader on the Web

Hi, I have just read your article about Deja Vu's,My name is Timothy, I am currently 18 years old and am having a real hard time with deja vu experiences. I have had the casual experiences throughout my life, even in childhood, but these experiences would come and go in a matter of seconds. This brings me to my "problem". For the past 2 or 3 months I have been experiencing deja vu everyday, literally. Not just once a day either. Sometimes I might have the experience throughout the whole day. This is driving me insane. I have been looking and searching everywhere for some type of answer but have found very little. When I experience deja vu, I get a fearful feeling along with the feelings of familiarity and confusion. I get this feeling of fear from the deja vu itself and from past experiences with deja vu. In past experiences when I would have frequent deja vu's, a tragedy (such as a death of a friend or family member, or even the 9/11 attacks and the Tsunami) would occur. So I started to see these experieces as a sort of warning. So now every time I have a deja, I get really afraid and almost paranoid, fearing that soon I may lose someone dear to me or that some type of catastrophe will occur. Over these past months, only one distant family member has died. Yet the deja's continue to occur. I am wondering if there is some sort of way I can control how the deja experience effects me. I don't expect you to have any answers for me, but I am hoping that maybe somehow you could try to help me and possibly help stop these things from happening or at least lessen the occurence. I deeply thank you for listening. Sincerely, Timothy J.

10/17/2005, from a Reader on the Web

I have alot of dreams that you could say come true but they are really insignificant (i.e. I had a dream I hit the ground really hard and someone shouted "God D*** It!! about a week later I was playing a football game (I'm a highschool athlete by the way) and I was running the ball and I got tackled and the exact same scene, though only a few seconds, occured which I realized right away. I'm not really expecting an explanation though it is welcome I just happen to notice alot of people write so I thought I would.

10/18/2005, from a Reader on the Web

To Timothy and the other deja vu'ers writing here...research is ongoing regarding deja vu / deja vecu...if you would like to help with it, I'm also beginning to post some links (at, including those to Art Funkhouser's article "Three Types of Deja Vu" and to the Deja Vu Survey.... Timothy, you are what I refer to as a "perpetual", meaning someone who has gone from the usual fleeting dv incidences to a continual state. Don't be frightened - it doesn't mean's a different form of consciousness, and one that you can become accustomed to and that can be beneficial to you and to others if you do not succumb to doubt and fear. Art Funkhouser's survey includes the choice of "continuously", and in so doing I suspect it will eventually clarify that there are many functioning perpetuals "out there"...which may in turn eventually help to clarify the true meaning of deja vu / deja vecu, elevating it out of the realm of "dysfunction". That will take time, and your help, and the help of many other deja vu'ers, perpetual and otherwise. Together we change the status quo. Espiralli

10/19/2005, from a Reader on the Web

I find that the article about déjà vu provides an excellent overview of this intriguing phenomenon (or, better, phenomena). I am trying to collect data about déjà vu and it would be a great help if persons who have experienced or who are currently experiencing it in any of its forms would fill out a questionnaire I now have up on the Internet at

Many thanks and best wishes, Art Funkhouser, Bern, Switzerland

11/18/2005, from a Reader on the Web


12/02/2005, from a Reader on the Web

i am a 21year old indian girl doing my B.E in electronics n communications.i stay in the hostel(india).my parents are in england.its been a year or so when i was travelling by bus alone,i felt voices ringing in my ears that sounded very familiar n that i hav heard b4, n all of a sudden my hands felt numb n cold n i felt weak. it stayd on 4 abt 2 mins n den i cudnt remember wat it was. wen i reachd hostl i narratd dis 2 my friends n again i felt the same but it was mild den. then it came once or twice after dat n i consultd a doctor n he said it might b dejavu n i need 2 do an EEG n a cat scan after my xams since iam busy wid my xams. but nowdays thi dejavu is disturbing me frequently on the mornings of every xam n even during the xam...its not true dat dejavu is only prominent in the sense of sight coz in my case it is the hearing. pls help me.

01/22/2006, from a Reader on the Web

Hi, I've had many expierences on, the feeling of reliving a moment, where I know I've been in the same place before, and that evrything and everyone is where they should be, and say what i knew they were going to say. But there is something else that happens often. It happened more when i was younger but still happens to this very day. This may sound crazy, and i'm not making this up, but say today i think of a movie or a song i haven't heard in a long time (briefly), and i wont say anything about it. I wont even try to listen or look for the movie that briefly popped into my head, but usually a day or two later its on tv, or on the radio. I mean i know it doesnt sound right, or sounds lame...but it's eerie. Its almost as if I have a sense of something that i want to see, and somehow it appears. Its never rapid, and its not in my control. And i wasnt reading the tv guide, it just happens. How is that possible? its not just one time or me even trying to make it happen it just does. What would your answer be to this? Like any explanation? Deja Vu happens to me once in a blue moon, but i can remeber the last time i had it, probably a year ago, and the time delay sounds relevent but, couldint it be possible that our dreams, and daily life can connect on another level? not magic or any of that but what if we are just reliving our lives in a constant pattern, where we've done this before, and that deja vu is an echo through time. I know there is no evidence, and i'm just thinking and typing but any answers or response would be extremly intresting, and helpful. thanks again -tom

01/30/2006, from a Reader on the Web

greetings! i am also one of those who often experience this sense of deja vu. the delay in the visualization and conduction to the brain is somehow reasonable. however, howcome my other senses can also experience it at the same time. especially my hearing. there's also one other thing i want to share with you and the readers. when i was a kid, i always thought that i've been in a place where my parents and i were riding a yellow bus. we were having a trip along a rocky mountain with sculpture of different faces on it. it was only in highschool that i realized it never really happened when i saw that particular mountain on the television. the twist is i've never gone to any other country other than philippines. what could this particular feeling be...? thank you very much. my this help you explore more discoveries regarding deja vu.

01/31/2006, from a Reader on the Web

Throughout my life I've experienced feelings of deja vu', but one particular incidence was of great importance. For me, the sensation is not "just visual", as some have written, but the totality of the entire experience of what is going on, including sounds, words, smells, everything. In fact, I've felt that I've known exactly what someone is going to say and have deliberately not said anything in a desire not to disturb the moment. One day while having a deja vu experience, one of the people I was with an was very aware and they asked me if I was O.K. I said, Yes, and that I'd just had this deja vu experience. His reply was, he'd observed my pupils dilate, my muscle tone slacken and my cheeks flush! For the 1st time in my life someone had witnessed physical changes that accompany this mental state. Although I've never come to a complete understanding of why this experience occurs, it is totally random, I can confidently say it's nothing mystical, but definately physiological.

02/03/2006, from a Reader on the Web

Dear Sir, I have been having these so called "Dejavu" experiences right from my teen years and they are still persistent now, at the age of 30. I don't think that any reasearch is advanced enough to explain this phenomenon yet. Though it was scary at first, I eventually leart to like and even enjoy such experiences, as its just a part of life.

02/13/2006, from a Reader on the Web

I have been experiencing deja vu for almost my entire life, but today I had the most vivid of all: I was watching a TV show, one that I have never seen or heard of before, and then the feeling started, I saw that before and I actualy recited three lines before they were spoken on the show. Unfortunatley now I cant remember much. My question is if deja vu is caused by some temporary mulfunction of the brain, how could I have known the future ?

02/23/2006, from a Reader on the Web

Dear Madam / Sir! Deja vu... I anwered my professor during a lesson when he asked the students: "..what do you think is de-javu?" Answer given: "..if I can explain our brain in simple terms as a computer..the eyes, ears (and feeling) - the input devise see under certain circumstances "something" - which information is then send to our Microprocessor to interprete and to send this info the "concious" mind and in the same time to the memory from which we can draw when we are in "muse"... But some time our "microprosessor" has a little malfunction and gives this information to our memory only (or first (more likely) and the "concious mind" receives it from there first.(or double with time delays in x. 10-x seconds(?)) So, we "think", we have seen this already, we have been there...heard - can in fact foresee whats happens next - because our "computer" is to fast - but can be tricked." We had a long, long quiet moment in the classroom. I have sometimes (2-3x year)this feeling and mostly accours when I come home, had stress in work... and hungry (think "feast of the tibetan Monks and others) It seems that your own body energy which drives us plays the trick. Our brain contains light, which is a certain frequency,-visible. We are in fact moving (more or less) antennas in a light (protons...photons...)surrounding atmosphere, our head being at least 170 cm above ground and moves with ~1300 km/h through the air. So we are quite exposed to "field" out there. In situations where our energy "balance" goes to one side we can expirience this. To some "it happens", others are able do it.. I am not a fan of a sect or simmilar, I just took long journeys (by reading and trying to conclude) through history and as engineer I can say I stay by impirical methods first - so I don't loose the big picture. B.T.H.O.T.G.A.O.T.U. best regards Manfred Kraus, Durban South Africa


Additional comments made prior to 2007
I just read your article on deja vu. I was hoping you would consider my case and offer insight. I might loose my credibility by disclosing this bit of information, but I began experiencing deja vu on an evening while I was smoking marijuana. It was so severe and frightening that I thought it was a sign that I was about to die. From that point on into the next two years, I would have "episodes" several times a day. The following year it dwindled to once a day and eventually once every couple of days. It was so disturbing to me, that I stopped smoking and got my life straight. After dealing with it for so long, I thought I was loosing my mind. Some times it would be more severe than others, but was always the same "I've been here and done this" feeling. A year ago my sister died while I stood beside her hospital bed. I had deja vu several times that day, but only a handful of times since then. Prior to that I was still experiencing it every few days. Deja vu had controlle d my life for years, and that day it disappeared. I feel relieved but without any answers. It may have been initially caused by drugs (I've never tried anything but pot), but it stuck around for as long as it wanted and took off one day without a notice. There has got to be something more to it! Do you have any possible explanation?
I've lived with it for so long that I feel that I own the subject. I would appreciate anything you could offer on my particular situation. Thank you ... Angel, 13 August 2005



Hello, I have just recently been thinking about my past deja vu experiences as well as any precognitions, but deja vu more due to a topical class that I am having today for discussion in an English School (maybe a little heavy for ESL).

When I have a deja vu experience it feels like I had dreamed it and that it is a memory. I rarely have these experiences though I have had them since childhood. I mean rarely by maybe one or two a year. Sometimes more or sometimes less. Though at present I have had a hard time recalling any of these experiences. I know that once it was in a discussion among four or five friends and we were talking about something. Another time it was in another country but again in a group setting. And there is a vague memory of an early experience going somewhere with a friend. Now when these happen, I'm never afraid or alarmed but surprised actually and intrigued by the possibilites of life and consciousness or subconsciousness.

I wonder if there is a possibility that I actually dreamed of the future but with my mind or brain not having anything to associate the dream with the experience is in my subconscious waiting for the arrival of the future. This leads me to believe that perhaps there is a destined path or a predetermined future, but perhaps it is just a physiological weakness common to mankind...? ... Charles Osburn, 6 March 2006



ok my names ricky de lacruz but im just saying this is all very weird to me becuz i have 5 to 6 deja vu's a week and i dont know...its not just dreams i have either i mean like ive had all three of those different deja vu's and they're cool and all but its all confusing...cuz i dont just dream it now and feel it now i predict some things...i dont know if im just putting the obvious together and saying a date and stuff but i dont know like i use a feeling in the pitt of my stomach to make decisions and it works most of the time and i mean thats alot 90-100% the other 10% is school haha but yea im amazed by the feeling and i love it but i dont know I want more ... Ricky De La Cruz, 2 April 2006



When I was 17years ols - 36 years ago - my parents & I were arguing while in my room. I was hit in the head/face and knocked out by my father. When I came to I noticed the onset of an intense deja vu. At the time I didn't even know the term, and really didn't know what was happening. As my parents spoke to me, I could tell exactly waht they were about to say. I could see their actions before hand. For my part I kept silent. After about 15 minutes of this I became fairly scared and announced - speaking for the first time myself - that I couldn't take it any longer and so I wanted them to leave, to break this off. My mother left the room. As a 17 year old by my room was most often quite a mess, with things and clothes all over the floor. Among the items was a Marine Corp knife my father had given me years before. It was in its sheath on the floor in front of where I sat on my bed. I saw it there and also saw in my mind my future actions as though seeing them from my own eyes as I would see anything from my own perspective,I did not see these actions as though from an outside observer. I saw each step of the next few seconds as a separate step. First, while still seated on the bed, I saw myself reach for the knife. Seeing this, I felt compelled to act it out. I did not feel I could stop it from happening. As I fullfilled this image by following through, I saw the next step I was about to do. I saw myself pick up the knofe and unsheathe it.So I di it. As I picked it up and unsheathed it, I saw myself approach my father who was standing above me, watching. So I did that. As I unsheathed the knife and approached my father, I saw myself put it to his throat and tell him to get out of my room. So I did that. As I did, I saw myfather grip my wrist, take the knife from me, and put it behind him and walk away safely. Then he did. All along I felt calm, reassured that nothing would happen. This more or less broke the spell. But then for about a year I would experience deja vu at least two or more times a month, which would last as long as I wanted them to - five minutes at a time easily. I could stop them by doing what I have called 'changing the script', or simply deciding on what I knew was an incorrect scenario. As I knew A would say to B such and such, I would decide , for example, that A would get up and leave. As this was not 'scripted' it would bring the deja vu to an end. This lasted about a year or so and since then I still have deja vu, but nothing like that. Mostly, as afar as I know, I have them as anyone does - infrequently and only in a flash ... Kim Emerson, 21 April 2006



There are a lot of paranormal things I have been experiencing. I need to get them out there and be known, for some reason, and if I don't I don't know what to do.
I am a 22 year old, female, college student, majoring in criminal justice. I have no real interest in psychic, or paranormal happenings, but apparently they have an interst in me. I didn't realize that what I experience as deja vu is very uncommon. I've recently started to research this subject just for my own personal interest. I am having a hard time writing this comment because the recent urge to tell someone about my experiences is almost overwhelming. I consider myself an intelligent, well educated person, who is level headed, and so what I am about to say makes me very anxious. I know that there is something amazing (I can't think of any other word) going on in me, and every day it seems to intensify. I believe I've always been in tuned with my sixth sence, but for the past six months it has just exploded. Deja vu is a big part of it, but there's more to it. For me, deju vu happens at times of change in my life, but really it happens all the time, but I seem to be more aware of it at those specific times. The following happens as an "either-or" kind of thing. Deja vu is either like I'm reliving an actual experience for the second time, or it's a reacuring dream. I have deja vu of having deja vu. The moments last for about 10 seconds, but they hit like a ton of bricks, and it takes a few breaths for me to calm down and shake it out of my system. I can feel the deja vu coming on, and then I can literally see what is about to be said, heard, felt, inhaled, done, etc. It is so crazy, and emotional, and strange, and I'm amazed as to how long I've been able put those moments aside and go on with my life. I can't put this aside anymore. It's impossible to explain in words the vibes, and feelings I have been having. I have been always able to sence when something big is going to happen, either personally, individually, or globally. My sister and I share these feelings, which we just discovered a few years ago. My sister and I also seem to share this very real, and very apparent mind connection (telepathy??). We have lived 3 hours away from eachother for over 7 years, and we talk maybe twice a week, but we always seem to be experiencing the same concerns, thoughts, motives, emotions, etc. We call eachother at the same time often, and like I said, we only talk two or three times a week. Really random things that come up in conversation turn out to be the thing that will solve one another's problems. I don't know, it's hard to explain, but I need advice. I need to tell someone who knows something in this realm in the chance that they can point me in the right direction. I'm really not this scatter brained usually. My experiences go so much deeper, I wish I had more time and space to write about them, but maybe someone will get my drift!
Thanks for your time ... Evann, 24 April 2006



I'm another person who has had multiple deja-vu experiences, including two particularly "deep" experiences where I actually said to myself "this woman is about to say this" and she then said exactly what I predicted.

So I am one of those who finds the "standard" explanation completely untenable.

I suspect we have precognitive experiences from time to time in the dream state, then remember them when the events take place as deja vu ... Matthew Cromer, 4 May 2006



I was interested to come across your review of deja vu. It may be of interest for you (and your readers) to be aware that in my book 'Is There Life After Death'(Arcturus in the UK and Chartwell in the USA - available in bookshops and on Amazon). In this book I come up with a totally original explanation of deja vu. I propose that we are all existing in a three-dimensional 'recording' of our own life - a recording of a life that was once lived for real but is now on permanent re-run (like the film Groundog Day). In the book I attempt to explain the hard science behind such a seemingly bizarre suggestion. The sensation of 'living this moment before' is brought about by a 'judder' in the replay mechanism like a jump in a DVD recording. Recall what happens to Neo in "The Matrix" when he perceives his 'deja vu'. What is happening is the 'reality programme' was being amended ... Anthony Peake, 25 September 2006



I started searching for info on deja vu specifically to see if there are any theories/hypotheses on more than one person sharing a deja vu experience simultaneously. It looks as though one of your readers in Nov 2005 also had the same question. I have always had a passing interest in deja vu because it seems so unnatural and mysterious but fleeting. There was an occasion during a phone conversation that I stopped to announce I was "having a major deja vu", only for him to say he was too. The sensation of reliving a moment is startling enough but to share it was altogether another matter. If you've come across any sources that have explored it, I'd greatly appreciate knowing. Thank you ... April, 25 October 2006



Hello there, I am a 15 year old guy who has experienced deja vu. This has been happening to me for about 2 years since i can remember which was at the age of 13. It is very sudden and it always happens sometime later in my life. Its mainly me seeing the image I dremt about, or sometimes a sound. But when it occurs, I know its deja vu and I know I've seen or heard this before. I am aware that I have seen this in the past, but I am also aware that it was definitly in a dream I had. Unfortunatly I can never remember the dream until it happens and I see it when I am awake. Another unfortunate thing about it is that it is always an insignificant experience. I would really like to know if there is some way to trigger these experiences, and maybe some sort of way to expand what I see into the future. Thank You, and hope to hear from you. =D ... Adam Bridges, 8 November 2006



I have always had deja vu to a degree, coming and going...Two years ago, deja vu lasted almost three months, non stop, went to bed with and woke up with it. My doctor is aware of it and suggested a mental health issues. I do not believe it is a mental health issue...It comes and goes, sometimes a few second, few minutes, few hours, all day...I am 49 years [old] ... Robert, 15 November 2006



In referrence to de javu, I have my own theory. Recently, within the last year or two, I have had feelings of de javu quite often. What I find strange about them is i know why i feel so familiar with a persons face, conversations, situations, and settings. I have very vivid dreams and remember most of them, definetly more than most people. I've come to find that most of my "de javu" instances are portrayals of scenes had in previous dreams. I believe that somehow, we have de javu because we have dreamt of situations, conversations, etc. Since most people tend to have little or no memory of most of the dreams they have, this could explain the reason they do not know why they have that sense of familiarity. I know for a fact that most of my feelings of de javu are related to previous dreams I have had, even some which I have had when I was a young child.


I also can say that I have had precognitive as well as clairvoyant experiences. On these "psychic" abilities, I believe most people have or will experience some situation where these are apparent to them. However, other people seem to possess these qualities moreso because they simply understand how to control or grasp these concepts easier than others ... HM, 24 November 2006



My best friend passed away in November last year and ever since then I have been experiencing frequent deja vecu. I was doing research on deja vu, because initially that is what I thought it to be, however I knew my experiences were somewhat different from your "typical" deja vu. It feels as though I am reliving certain moments of recent happenings all over again. Once I get that flashback, I try recount to where it was when it happened, to see if maybe I am confusing it with something else and then I get a huge Shock, because I have a memory of the exact same thing that happened a while back, I remember conversations etc. I then came across an article posted in the New York Times about deja vecu and it seems very similar to what I am experiencing. I went to a therapist and she said that it is related to PSTD and the mind can manifest or distort memories. However, I am not yet convinced and these flashbacks are very real to me. Please help, as I find this to be hugely distressing ... T, 26 January 2007



I know this seems to be an old site but it is intriguingly interesting. I have had those common deja vu experiences as does everyone, but lately they have been getting weird, lasting for up to 5 minutes maximum. Every time I say something it brings me straight back to the deja vu. I even deja vued once that I was having a deja vu ... Cayla, 1 February 2007



Hi, i do not see much point talking about my experience here, but if someone is willing to explain the Deja Vu I had today to their best knowledge, it would be much appreciated. Please e-mail me at and i will tell you what i felt and percieved. Thanks! ... Steve D, 27 February 2007



i have dejavu and im pretty sure i ben and done that same thing b4, im pretty sure because sometimes i could tell what my friends gona say b4 he does when im having a dejavu. but the weirdest one i had was yesterday. i was in another country for more then a year and i had a really weird dream i was with my friends and we went to pick up someone else from an apartment and we weere making fun of him cuz he came out looking real goofy and when i woke up i told myself not to forget this dream because it seemed so real and so i could find out if dreams come true. About 8 months later me and my friends went to the apartments because one of our friend lives there and thats when i had the dejavu he came out wearing shorts and being real goofie and we started making fun of him and thats when it hit me that i really had ben through this and this is what i saw in my dream that seemed so real ... Turk, 3 March 2007



The answer to deja vu is simple. It's God. Scientists and philosophers just can not explain certain things. That's why it is the way it is. Have some faith. It is simply God's way of telling us he is greater than we are and smarter we humans ever could even possibly get ... Christina, 16 April 2007



serendipity (i have been here before) yes, perhaps you have. but how? it may be a memory from your life in the spirit realm. is it a clone of another experience?


is it an aspect of spiritual reality? in other words, is it a look into the spirit realm? perhaps there is a certain significance bearing upon your personal search for something, a reminder perhaps, or an opportunity to relive a certain experience and to try again. but it is startling and the important part may be that it is a very awake and conscious experience. serendipity is super real. there is no doubt whatever that it is not imagined. i can only speculate and guess and ask questions


about it. however i hope i have made a positive contribution to the study. i may have further insights, so please keep in touch with me. fond regards and read me on "BLOGGER" by google ... Doug Rosbury, 20 April 2007



I have just finished reading your DÈj‡ vu and the Brain, Consciousness and Self.


Personaly I thought it was fantastic.. I have always thought that Deja Vu was somehow important and I totaly agree with you that the study of deja vu could reveal so much about yourself. So I thought I would discribe my feelings when I come accross a time of Deja Vu.


I am a 22 year old Male and I have had plenty of Deja vu already.. some weak and some strong. The way most people describe Deja vu is a little different to how it comes to me, most people have the feeling they know what is going to happen next or that they have been there already. But when I get Deja Vu (this is going to be hard to explain so bare with me) like you said its unpredictable when its going to happen but when it happens i dont know what is going to happen next its only when i see what happens i know in my head ive seen it befor e.g i cannot predict what someone is going to say or do, but when they say or do whatever it is druring the Deja Vu its more of a reminder.. also when I have Deja Vu im more relaxed than most people.. normaly someone who encounters Deja Vu stops and says they are having Deja Vu and tries describing what is happening to someone else, I used to do the same.. untill i turnned about 19-20 I just started "going with the flow of it" keeping the moment to myself and analysing it after it had finished.. some people believe a dream can be interperated into real life such as a pot of gold could mean you win $20 on a scratchy.. and so forth, I tried this method on a few of my Deja Vu times and found that some were quite acurate and some way off key. The other thing i have noticed about myself is that when i dream my sleep feels very short and dried out but when i dont dream its like im dead... I have no clue weather dreams and Deja Vu are related but they could be. both unpredictable when u get them and some dreams can even be extreamy familliar. well its late and i got work in the morning.. i hope you reply with thoughts on what i have said.


and sorry about the bad grammer and spelling. but i was never one to study in a class room instead i would be Day Dreaming :D


I hope you can make some sence of all this.


oh and the other thing I was going to mention is that I have a terrible memory.. its actually that bad i have "conditioned" myself into a few things i would normaly forget or lose. such as my keys wallet and mobile phone have to either be in A. wallet and keys in right pocket and mobile in left or B. on my bedside drawer. haha... odd how someone with such a bad memory has alot of Deva Vu ... Ashley Parker, 16 June 2007



Interesting articles on Deja Vu. I've been trying to research it as a particular incident happened to me in 1991 that I still think about on a regular basis. I was on a aquisition trip to England for the company I was working for. I had never been there before. We were driving, in a limo with 4 other peers, to a business location near Norwich. Suddenly I felt a warmth, like taking a hot shower on a cold morning, come over me with an extreme sense of calm. I looked out the window at the fileds & village homes and felt like I was home or in my old neighborhood? I certainly didn't say anything to my peers as I thought it pretty strange. It only lasted about 2 minutes. I immediately started to try to analyze it. Never said anything to anyone about it until 10 years later. I had become interested in tracking my lineage. After much research, I found that my 10th great grandfather was born, raised, & married within 10 miles of where I had had the experience. Coincidence? I don't know. It was real to me ... R. George, 20 June 2007



okay i have been having deja vu a lot lately. It is about stuff where i have never been and people i have never ever seen before are in my dream. Then a fews weeks or months later my dream occurs. I don't understand how people i have never met be in my dream so vividly and then i meet them and they look exactly the same ... Caitie, 23 July 2007



One person asked, "How can two people have the same exact Deja Vu episode at the same time?" Well, I had the same experience. I told my girlfriend about what I just experienced and she said she also had just experienced, the asked me, "what did it have to do with Rex?" was floored because my just occurring episode had Rex (one of our friends) as part. So, 1st we had simultaneous episodes and 2nd, we ad a common link to the content, in this case Rex. Any comments or thoughts? This certainly suggests something more than individual brain function ... Jim, 25 October 2007



man!!!i still cant figure out what causes this ''deja vu'' thing..its creeping me out..i mean,its not gestures or anything,its the real thing,everything is moving except you.first,im watchin a movie,and then,i stopped or paused for a sec. and looked at the movie screen,then there it was,deja vu, and it really is getting on my nerves and thats not the only one..there are thousands of times that i encountered somethn like this..some PARTS of this deja vu thing,i HAVE already dreamed of,yah know,before it happened,i just realize it when im done doing that certain action,pissing me off man.i dont know how to stop it ... Nicole, 29 October 2007



hey every1 check this dajavu must be connected to epilepsy because ive had both at the same time . Il talk through it. When i was younger i was walking down the street then i noticed this guy . I swear right then everything came back to me like it was watching tv or a film over and over again you know . Then i thought this has happened before. Right then i had a feeling in my stomach, i ran home dazed got down on the sofa and had the seisure the worst one ive had ever and ive had over 40 seriously. I also had an elusion then on the sofa of a rainbow-coloured parrot. This when i was like 8 iam 16 now and i dnt have then hardly now. Ive also heard epilepsy goes back to jesus times (on this picture i seen it had it annoted that a kid on it had a seisure . Email me your experiances . Because its all an interest of mine ... Mr. T, 15 November 2007



Julia wrote an awsome article on deja vu. i think people shouldn't freak out about it i am very happy that i have deja vu cuz sometimes it helps me realize what's around me. there's been numerous times that i've had a dream (usally with houses)and i'm in this place for a while and unusual events start to happen. Then later on usually days or weeks i'll see that same place that i thought would have ever existed. Sometimes when there's alot going on and i'm really busy during the week i'll have deja vu every day. There's also those days when i can remember my dreams and it actually happens. i think it's pretty awesomed ... Claudia, 13 December 2007



Hello, I'm 18 years old...I'm from Italy and I've experienced several strange dej‡-vu...I mostly don't remember what they were about, - I just know I had a dej‡-vu but not what were the words or actions I considered familiar at the time - but I happened to remember one of my last dej‡-vu clearly enough...besides,some weeks ago, I had another and it was like I had foreseen all that was happening...still, according to my dej‡-vu I should have said a particular sentence that in reality I didn't say...pretty weird ... Maurizio, 5 January 2008


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deju vu 2021

It makes me think that I have lived before, the deju vu isn't long enough to really reconize anything, just a knowing gut feeling that I have been in a place before when I walk in. Or that I have heard or seen things that feel very familiar.
It doesn't happen as it did years ago, I believe as the brain ages so do feelings of deju vu. Now days I have feelings of major things happening but get the people mixed up as to who it will happen to, but know that things are going to happen to a person and it will be tragic..
I am a believer that I have lived and died before and will again. When my life is as close to perfect as it can get then I will never come back as me or self, my bio will change. Deju vu to me is flashes of old memories in my old brain when I lived other lives. I am I think in my last life. I also believe in dimensions, when death comes we go to a new dimension. I have the instinctive feeling that new lives come from the dimensions. Babies I believe can sometimes be put with the wrong parents, or were we? To be reincarnated into a being that will always have strikes against them has to be a type of Hell you are meant to endure for that life . Deju vu gives me hope that a new and better life is ahead.
thanks for the open forum, V.J. LANE

Shane's picture

Groundhog day

Hello and I'll make this very short. If anybody could help I'll do anything. In the past ten years I have lived three different days twice. I'm very worried about my health over this. I could tell people word for word what was going to happen. I don't understand it at all but would do anything to get to the bottom of it.

naseli's picture

prolonged deja vu

My Naseli and I'm 19, I have been experiencing deja vu for a while now. I feel like I have lived before.For like two weeks now I have been feeling like I'm reliving my life.I can't take this anymore and I can't tell my family because it happened after I have smoked weed. I'm on verge of like a breaking point. I want to be normal again. I don't enjoy life anymorw cause everything seems like I have seen it before. I feel like I stuck in this crazy deja vu.
please help. What must I do?

shaban yusuf's picture

deja vu

i often see some particular images like someone clicks a photo... like a big old garage made from tin shade you know it is related like part of any industry dont know type of woolen industry or any food industry and see some images of a old house old design doors and windows there and some images of somewhere street ... when i searched it over the internet i found these street in europe in london and france italy spain then i got confuse bcoz of similarities among them
am getting mad to see these things in reality but how.. somtimes i grip my head so tight it hits my brain so hard like i am getting mad... dont know what to say further

shaban yusuf's picture

deja vu

i often see some particular images like someone clicks a photo... like a big old garage made from tin shade you know it is related like part of any industry dont know type of woolen industry or any food industry and see some images of a old house old design doors and windows there and some images of somewhere street ... when i searched it over the internet i found these street in europe in london and france italy spain then i got confuse bcoz of similarities among them
am getting mad to see these things in reality but how.. somtimes i grip my head so tight it hits my brain so hard like i am getting mad... dont know what to say further

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I usually see few clips for friction of seconds. probably once or twice a day. Those clips are not related to my real life but whenever i see that view i feel very good very satisfied. I see a yelloe house with lots of tree and sometime i see and find myself in some coastal reagion nearby the sea. This thing happens to me since my childhood. Sometime i realy get irritated that why do i see such things which are not at all related to my present life.What can be this. Is this thing related to my previous birth. Please help me in this regard.

rahul tyagi's picture

I also experienced it!!

Greetings. I just experienced a deja vu today. i was going to a friend's place when i met my another friend on the way. I was just talking to him and he told me that they are having a get together the next Saturday and I told him that he had told me about it earlier but he told me that he hadn't. I thought that I had experienced the same situation before. I explained him what I was going through and told me about deja vu. He told me that it happens to many people around the world. So I googled it and here I am. Thank you for explaining me more clearly.

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Not deja vu?

I just had one of a most odd experiences in my life. I fell asleep on the sofa after 4 pm while awaiting for my partner. He told me he wouldn't be long. I slept for a while and then I woke up thinking that he was really taking his time. And at the same second I saw him walking and waving at me. I went to the door and opened it. He wasn't there. I waited for a bit and I even came out to the driveway to see what was he doing. He wasn't there. So I thought that he must be sitting in his car which was parked across the road as we didn't have enough space on our driveway. I thought he needed something from his car. So I stood and I looked at the window waiting for him to get out of the car ( as I was sure he was in there ). And then I saw him walking and waving at me in exact same manner as I have seen a couple of minutes ago! I opened the door and there he was! He is not a practical joker and he told me that I had some kind of deja vu. I had deja vu in past and I know the feeling but this was different. Can anyone comment on it? Thank you.

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Time Warp

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Serendip Visitor's picture

deja vecu

I live this type of experience. I would like to find other and put the information on the table. find me on fb elkkyelynn openheart

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deja vecu

I live this type of experience. I would like to find other and put the information on the table. find me on fb elkkyelynn openheart

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About 4 months ago I had a dream I was sitting next to a tennis court. A place I had never been before. I was talking to a girl I had never met before. We were talking about constellations ( specifically Orion's belt). 2 months later I moved into a new condo. Their were tennis courts by the club house. At the time I thought nothing of it. Last week I met a girl. We went out last night and afterwards came back to my condo. We decided to take a walk down to the tennis courts. We sat down on the curb next to them and looked at the stars. We started talking about them. Orion's belt came up and I had an immediate recollection that almost made me jump out of my skin. What type of deja vu would that be considered?

shaban yusuf's picture

deja visite

hello i'm shaban from india, i've never gone through these types of events in my past which occurs suddenly in deja vu and deja visite condition i continously seeing thing like i lived in england and some connections with dairy farm the images of dairy, cows, hay, these occurs in front of my eyes without seeing anything.. and i always sees images of a garage the old type of garage or warehouses... and narrow streets of england.. whether i live in india i never gone to england ... but it gets headache in my mind when it comes continously at time that time internet was not popular but after a long time i begin to search what i felt... i search photos of england's street and old warehouses and dairy . and i found them same as it occurs in my mind many years ago... i am still curious.. i am always thinking to go england from the day i came to my senses....

hiba's picture

de ja vu

Im seeing things or events which has happend before and im soo confused.please help me

shaban yusuf's picture

deja vu

what you're going through its happening with me also ... but i analyse that this this something the part of your mind and you cant control.. no one has any power over it ... when it occur it make you mad like when i see these things i so go mad i tend to feel that i must go there what am seeing but i can't am seeing this from my childhood and that time internet want famous even wasnt there but when internet got famous i searched those things and found all of them but cant go there.. cause what i've seen is very far from here.... but not immpossible

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I have had several incidents this past weekend - I feel really "odd" and I have had the incident happen in the past, so it is actually something that happened, but I get this really "odd, strange" feeling and I hate it. I want to cry and I can't move or anything when it happens. Is this deja-vu? What causes it? Is it anything that I can control?

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Searching for explanation

Hi there! You're article is very interesting. I also experienced the so-called "dejavu", but I think mine is a bit different and strange as swell. You see, before I experience the actual "seeing of the past ( seeing the same exact things/situations happen again)", I smell this weird smell. The upper part of my nose would hurt like something is stuck in there and then I would feel the smell entering into my nose. After that I would see things happen again and another weird thing about it is that I would know what would happen next. During that span of time my head hurts and I'm fainting as well. Once the pain in my nose and head subsides, I would be sweating cold. I know it may sound weird or you may think I'm crazy but that's just what has been happening to me for like 13 years. I really hope you could help me understand the reason behind these mysterious things that I am still experiencing. Thank you and God Bless!

Yuni's picture

Miracle déjà vu

My experience is as follows. I come across this site after searching for it on similar text, and I am happy to find a lot of people having such similar experience. I used to experience such things since I was young. But I couldn't explain it. Now I am 29 and it is my first time writing on the web about it. Because two days back I was somewhere and I feel everything that is going to happen in that place. After few minutes everything happened as I was shocking while I was realizing that I know my best friend is coming now and I now what he is going to talk about. I keep looking he came and talk the thing I already expecting that topic is for first time . I couldn't explain but I knew in advance. And for me I feel as such things happened many years ago. My most miracle is that I experience such things when I went to another continent for first time in my life.different people different country. I know I never been there but I knew many things before they happen and happened as I feel them. My feeling is as I had been there many years ago but in reality I never been there in my life.

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Hi Miracle,

Exactly! which you explained i'm shocked right now because i felt this situation before and it happened to me many times in my life. And thanks for sharing your post.


Total mind paradox

The same thing happening to me many times. It is hard to explain but I have my own theory regarding the topic.

What is think is at same time with lag of fraction of seconds our right and left brain works. The same information is received by brain right part (visual) is received a fraction of seconds before the left brain receives. I think this creates some paradox of happening of same thing before. Buy when we try to remember how much time before same thing happened before we are unable to remember.

Aleena's picture

I have never felt the fear, but incredible excitement

I'm 23. I don't even remember since when I have started experiencing this. I would feel that I have seen the exact same situation in a dream, or maybe even as a fleeting irrelevant random thought. I certainly don't feel the sense of fear. But yes, I can tell what is going to happen for a few seconds with incredible detail. However, recently I was having one such moment when I was talking to my friend. I knew exactly what she would say. But I interrupted her, and I'm so sure that after that moment it was certainly not what the rest of the dream was. This has been happening for so long and so many times that it feels so usual, almost like a personality trait or something. But it never fails to amuse me so much.

victor's picture

any advice what to do

i don't no if this is dejavu bcoz i have not experienced this before so strongly one nite i was alone in my room and my friend who i share the room with went out with a friend of his , then around 8 he called me to ask if i had my dinner and if he wanted him to bring food for me i said yes he told me he would bring sandwich i said ok and hung up, then around 9 he came back to room we were having a talk about a movie which we wer watching and was having the sandwich he got a pretty bad hiccups while eating the sandwich i fetched him the water he ate and then went back to his room i continued watching the movie then after almost 45min he came back to room with another sandwich i asked him why did he buy more sandwich he said which sandwich and he just came ,at first i thought he was kidding around then i called his friend who he was with and she told me that he just left him 15 min ago, and i explained to him what happened just before and he did not believe me, and the he continued to have the sandwich and he got the hiccups i fetched him the water it was just like replaying a scene from a movie where we no exactly whats going to happen, and after this some times at work i get a feeling sometimes when if i am having a conversation or it could be just some one coming down the stares i feel that i was here before i have seen this before, i not whats gong to happen . is ther any way to stop this .....Regard victor

Shayna 's picture

to Victor

Hi Victor I'm Shayna. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's no way to completely stop what ur experiencing. There are ways to control those types of things, but not to completely make it stop. I have had gifts and abilities since birth. I've had to learn to control them bc the older I get the more frequent, the stronger, and the more intense they become. I'd suggest a symbol such as a necklace charm or something that has been blessed or had protection or strength charms put on it.

Nathalia's picture

Series And Songs

Hi, i have this strange deja vu that i feel/know this happened in the past. and by this i mean for example the song Burn by Ellie Goulding. I have a terrible deja vu it is weird like I KNOW this song was in the past, it already exists (like 10 years ago or so) but i think no one actually remember this. another deja vu that i had was when i was watching the entire 2 seasons of Orange is the New Black, and i felt like i already had watch it in the past. and now i have deja vu when i watch American Horror Story: Freakshow! I don't understand why! is there something wrong with my brain? the only deja vu i had before the series/song ones was usual, about daily life

Asad Khan's picture

Strange feeling

Hey there,
Sometimes, I feel that the things, events, news or my surroundings, they happened before that time. Like, if i am reading a newspaper, suddenly, I get a feeling that I already know the details or the news itself. I was using Facebook and I saw 2 posts, and I got a feeling that I already saw the same posts, from same up-loader, in the same manner before. I don't know how to explain that but sometimes, I also come to know about the very next moment that what will be happening in next moment. However, i never test my guess. Is that something normal or not?

Sash's picture

for the researchers

I want to add my experience to researchers of this matter. Probably some of these posts are not 100% true, and this should be taken into account when researching.

I have had only few experiences of Deja vu when I was younger, and lost it when I was about 20 years old. Now I am 43, with no more such experiences.

Here is my story ... In situations with other people, suddenly I felt like someone pressed a button and from that moment first I felt scary, then I knew exactly what is going to happen in next few moments and what he/she will tell. The situation was weird, because it looked like time was slowed down so I could think about situation that is going on, and in parallel, about what will others do and that I must not alter the moment with anything or it will stop. I have not been in such situations before in my life, so I should not know what is going to happen, no way.

What if that was not really happen, but brains can communicate with each other so we can read thoughts? In addition to this theory, I can tell that very often I suddenly and unwillingly think about someone I have not heard or seen for a long time, and that person gives me a call, or sends me a message or I see him/her right after that. Also, I often think about some song, turn on radio or TV and it is playing, sometimes at the same position as if I sang it to that moment. The last is not in connection with deja vu, but maybe it will help someone who investigates the functions of the brain.

Bushy Van Eck's picture

Six Second Delay

We are living six seconds in the past meaning that we only get to experience the physical moment of reality six seconds later as if being the actual moment of conscious awareness.
With other words when you consciously experience the moment when you slap your hands you have already done so six seconds ago only to experience it now believing it to be the actual moment of occurrence.
When you switch on the radio in your case the music that was playing at that precise moment was only meant to be experienced six seconds later but for various reasons and out of excitement the moment jumps the queue to be experienced immediately and then once more six seconds later.
This is a long theory which needs a lot of explanations to grasp the true realities of our existence.
Feel free to contact me.

Chris's picture

Strange Feeling

I've read most of the comments and the article itself...

What i want to to say is that a few ears ago i had very strong deja vu feelings if i can call them like that... i'm new in to this and i would like to get some help from people who experienced the same feeling like me or experts in domain...

Moments before something to happen i would know exactly what is going to happen but for some reason i couldn't tell to anyone because then it wouldn't happen anymore... this it was in the beginning when i would have those feelings one each 2-3 months but then they became to happen more and more often and they where so strong that i would know exactly what is going to happen, and in one day i was with my best friend and and i had one of those feelings knowing exactly what is going to happen i send him to the door and said to him to wait there for a couple of seconds because my parents are going to enter on the door from the yard(I couldn't guess the time when my parents are coming home as they where in a holiday and i didn't had any knowledge of when they are coming back home, he also knew that) and it happened exactly as i said... he was shocked... this is one of many times when it happened knowing exactly what is going to come....
For some reason i lost this sense if i could call it like this... for more then 2 years....
If someone knows how i could get this back or to give me more informations about this please contact me on
I live in London, if you are up for a chat i would be happy to do it.
Thank you,

Shayna's picture

I also have recurring dreams

I also have recurring dreams extremely frequently as i do premonition type dreams and i also experience all of the things i have during the day when i am wide awake as well.

Shayna's picture

Hello. I believe that the

Hello. I believe that the parapsychological and the physics based explanations seem to explain my cases. How ever none of the above article explains why my deja vu lasts for hours or even days. I was born with premonitions, visions, psychic abilities of all kinds, deja vu, the ability to have any interaction with paran ormal/supernatural intities except speaking with them, etc. But the older i get the stronger more frequent and longer lasting all of this becomes. Your article does not explain any of that. I know nothing about what is going on with me. Please write back to me at my email address or feel free to text me @ 863-326-3867 if you or anyone you know can help me better understand.thank you.

Rebecca Saunders's picture

extreme de ja vu

this happens to me all the time now, email me your story and i will tell you mine!

Serendip Visitor's picture

Idk what to think?

I am 22 and I am a weed smoker I have been smoking daily for the past 4 years. Lately I have noticed a change mainly and only when I'm high from smoking I get déjà vu but in a very scary fashion... I tend to feel like I'm loosing consciousness and then it happens I fall into these what feel like a dream instances I can see everything that is about to be done or said but I fall into what I would call a very heavy zoning out.... (Please bear with me when I say this) it feels like I am going through a dream but I am so far zoned out that I am totally quiet I'm my mind (like I can hear my friends talking to me for the first 5 seconds but can't respond and their speach will carry on kind of like a heeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy feeling) and have this horrible sence of danger like I'm dying or going to die, it's like falling into a deep trance you can't get out of until it's done I loose all sences my body is numb, and it feels like my body is going through the motions of what was happening in the moment of my déjà vu or the dream I had prior to the moment. But I have no control to stop ( kind of like I am just witnessing the events instead of living them in my head but my body knows exactly what to do with no control) my actions the only way I can stop is by trying so hard to break the actions that my body is doing on its own that it remembers from the dreams.. I have had 2 of these instances ( most recent being today) in the last 2 weeks and each time my heart feels like it is beating out of my chest it got so bad today after having my déjà vu moment I felt like I was going to die during and after the episode so I called the permedics they said my heart rate was 130-150 so they took me to the hospital. I was in the waiting room for 2 hours before seeing anybody so the episode had passed but I am starting to get very freaked out. They took a second look at me and all my vitals were ok and my blood was too they asked what had happened and I told them but they would just look at me as if I was crazy. I asked if I would receive any medication all the doctors said idk. I am looking for help it feels more like all this is happening until it gets to a moment where I am not going to be able to break the trance and ultimately hurt myself or die.. I no longer want to go to my friends house because of this and it has only happened there and now that I have gone through 2 of these instances I can rember at least 1 dream where the same thing happens but with a worse ending but it has not happened yet and I am afraid of that instance coming up or to have this feeling again... If anybody can help me I am open to all suggestions or help..
Thank you Elijah

Serendip Visitor's picture

The answer seems obvious....

The answer seems obvious.... stop smoking weed

Serendip Visitor's picture

Is it strange?

The worst even if its pops out I cannot control it. If I could then I wouldn't be scared when I have it. Wouldn't you too? Is strange I have it only with 13 years old I can't stay calm when someone tells me its normal I have only came here in one year or more and it comes randomly in cases that I never felt before and its scary because it cold be about something bad. Is a feeling between "I have felt this" in situation I have never had and " this is scary" I have it with my friend in school and with a my family. I don't know why now, why me? I fell strange and sometimes I fell fulfillment and terror and I stay kind of paralyzed when my body has that feeling. Can someone give me a definitive and explanatory answer that can help me answer my questions. Because right now I don't feel that even this document can tell me why...

Serendip Visitor's picture

Is it strange?

I have only 13 and I had been in situation that this has happened to me and sometimes is scary, because, I don't really know why me? I only came in here one year and I'm having this random feeling in different days and times. When I'm with someone or a situating I HAVE NEVER HAD in my life it just pups out that feeling. But is it normal with my age? Is just strange and I feel like I don't have a definitive answer even if my parents say tat is just normal I don't feel like it. Why now and why me?

Serendip Visitor's picture

Deja vu everyday...

It's the strangest thing... Curious, almost. But at least twice, maybe three times I get such strong deja vu's I feel sick to my stomach and I'm almost dizzy. Another comment mentions they remember scenes after a deja vu and I also get the same. Its a really odd feeling and they occur almost everyday.

Rebecca Saunders's picture

extreme de ja vu

this happens to me too, all the time now. Email me your story and i will tell you mine!

Serendip Visitor's picture

Reoccurring experiences

Hello, I am a 21 year old college student and I started receiving deja vu experiences this past summer. I was hanging out with friends and was peer pressured into smoking marijuana. I then began to have horrible nightmares every night for about two months, then the ability to predict future experiences started occurring. I would have panic attacks and my heart felt like it was about to explode out of my chest. I was always aware of the fear of death was coming my way because I thought I was a lunatic. At one point, it was so bad that being alone made me even more terrified so I started being around people who makes me feel comfortable and safe. That was a huge relief because I was able to talk to them about what was lingering on my mind whether they experienced deja experiences in modern day. Nevertheless, I still have the experiences but it is something that I have to learn to deal with and control in due time.

Mr. Yo's picture

My experience

I had a lot of experiences with dejavu. Some of them i feel it at a specific moments , some i dream them prior to the incident and some when im HIGH ! yeeah that's what i meant.... but not that high i suppose but good enough.. maybe because i just stuck to MJ :) Anyways the weird part is that i have even experienced it even before i started experimenting with MJ, and the most freakiest part is also that sometimes when me and my best friend are high we both experience deja vu... whenever we felt that we had experienced the same situation we would simultaneously say "DeJaVu !" in sync. Those used to be the best times i've ever had so far with MJ. After sometime the dejavu experiences decreased in intensity and frequency and now none us of get them :( , i do get small episodes but nothing in comparison with the earlier incidents.
I used to ponder a lot on this and could not find any suitable answers. Only theory that was sound was that me and my buddy were developing resistance to the THC in MJ and hence could not stimulate any mutual dejavu experiences.
I would be happy if someone could relate or give any useful insight related with my topic.
Please feel free to contact me via e-mail -
for the uninformed MJ does not always stand for Michael Jackson.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Evolving Human consciousness to Multidimentionality..!

Humanity becoming multidimensional, experiencing quantum realities..parallel realities...moving beyond linear reality perception..There's much more to life than seeming limited mundane existence..

We are multidimensional..We are Souls...eternal travelers..having a limited 3D physical human life experience with many personality Roles that we've taken too much seriously and forgotten our True Essence in the process, as unique aspects of the infinite CREATOR..!!

Kryon is explaining those Akashic Records/[past, present/future records] in our DNA, and there's a mentioning of Dejavu here at 24 mins.. It's great to listen to Kryon on youtube to learn more about what's going on with evolving Human Consciousness..Nothing to Fear..!! Thank you!!

Kryon--- The Akash Awakens Orlando 2013

Serendip Visitor's picture

deja vu

Omg! I have been experienced this for the longest time. I just started this year now it's like I get I all the time. When I get deja vu it can last for hours! I feel like I already lived the day and I already know what's gonna happen next. When I get deja vu I immediately know when I'm getting a text/call from who and what it says. I already know what people are gonna say and do it's sooo weird!

gina's picture

I experience this everyday

Three weeks ago I hit my head and had a minor concussion then two weeks after that I hit my head again but not bad jus with my phone. And about a week ago I started having dejavu ever since everyday almost all day. And I feel like I'm not myself anymore oh and in the nigh I wake up with my left arm and leg shaking. Don't know what this could be. I am very scared and feel like I will go crazy.

aden's picture


Hi everyone,its very common in my case in most instances id dream of something going on in the tv but ive managed to control this by not looking at tv at a consistent level for about three years and this has helped however death and sadness gives me a sick feeling (nautious and giddy in most cases also disoriented).It poses as a distraction sometimes because you might still not forget the nihgtmares for some weeks.Modern science has linked it to anxiety among other conditions,it is also to be noted that all the sick feelings and hyper energetic states we find ourselves in sometimes have also been listed as enxiety symptoms. Thank you.....

Adriana's picture

Changing a Deja Vu

I've changed a deja vu when I was little. I was talking to my grandfather. He was putting his pennies in his piggy bank. I was suppose to say something to him but I decided not to because I wanted to change what would happen, so I remained quite. After a few seconds I cheered for myself saying, "yes I changed it haha!" in my head. Next thing I know i feel pulled out of my body I think I'm not so sure but I could only see darkness then light rings come towards me, the speed increases till I come back. I think it was some sort of vortex that I went through. I felt pulled out from my back and the thrown back into my body by the front. I can't describe it well. I don't know how to explain it. I would like some kind of explanation because that was a freaky experience. I never tried changing my deja vu ever again. I'm commenting now because it bugged me that I had a whole day of deja vu's. I want them to stop.

Rebecca Saunders's picture

would love it to stop!

i experience deja vu's all the time, i need it to stop. Email me your story and i will tell you mine!

Jan Pajak's picture

Deja vu = the result of the mechanism of time (called "omniplan"

There is also quite a different scientific explanation for
the phenomenon of "deja vu". It originates from the so-called
"omniplan" - means the mechanism that controls elapse of
time. According to this mechanism, each one of us
relives some sections of his or her life a few times.
But each time a new experience erases the memory
of the previous one. What only remains is the feeling
of deja vu. More details on the "omniplan" in item #C3
from my web page

Lee wilson's picture

deja vu

I've also had the same experiences ever since I was a teen experience seizures when I was as young as 8 years old I am now 30. just today December 22nd 2015 I have had another experience of deja vu which force me to go online and look up what I could find. the scariest deja vu I've ever had was actually deja vu of deja vu. I said to myself it seems like twice before that this is deja vu and I watch every event unfold right in front of me knowing exactly what was going to happen it even brought me to tears a feeling as if I was trapped or something reliving the same life over and over please respond and let me know what you think I'm over anxious to find out anything that can help me explain this.

Anan's picture

I experience desa Vu many

I experience desa Vu many times a year but this was extraordinary.Three days ago i saw a strange dream in which I was taking the results of a test,in school.I kept it in my mind because i knew we were about to be tested.Today I saw exactly the same image and exactly the same low mark written in the same way.It does not connect to any other explanation of the phenomenon and I really need an answer.

Madison M.'s picture

Uh, any ideas what's happening?

Okay, so, I'm only 13 and almost every day I expirence this déjà vu. Sometimes I have a dream and it could be totally random and have nothing to do with the next day. Then, on the next day I may be watching a show I've never heard of that hasn't been spoken and I have never seen the actors before or heard their voices. Then, in one scene there was a close up of one of the actors and I felt like I saw that in my dream, and I didn't, because I remember almost all my dreams. This happens to me like almost everyday. For instance, yesterday, during guidance we went down to the gym and we were playing ultimate frisbee and the frisbee was heading towards me and my friend walked in front of me to get the frisbee and I stopped myself. I thought I had already been in this event. Although, the rest of the day seemed like I never lived it. Just that one moment, and I was like.. "déjà vu..". Then, today I was watching this movie I've never seen before and there was a close up to this actor as he was talking and I looked down at his braces as he was talking and I felt like I already seen this movie because that looked familiar.. But, the rest of the movie I didnt see before. I didn't even know that actor existed. Could it just be my brain making connections? Like the other day my friend told me I had perfect teeth and I remember my dentist saying I need braces.. Could this just be my brain recognizing the braces in the actor adn connecting them to the day before when I thought about braces?

Natasha's picture

Many theories have emerged to

Many theories have emerged to explain the sensation of déjà vu: a wrong image that we see a "bug" in the neurons ... Now U.S. researchers think it is rather a phenomenon that involves recognition memory. It is that which makes us recognize a friend on the street or a song on the radio. For scientists, it allows to associate names with objects or even sounds.

To check that this memory was involved, the researchers conducted several experiments. They gave volunteers a list of famous names. Then they showed them photographs of stars, some of which were in the list. And surprisingly, when people do not recognize the character, but his name was on the list, they emphasized that they were familiar. Scientists have obtained the same result with names and photographs of monuments (Stonehenge, Taj Mahal ...). Finally, they had the same thing, not with words but with geometric figures and places after having a similar provision.
prénom bébé
This experience shows that perceptions of similarity are not errors but are actually based on real associations, the brain not found. So when you have a sense of déjà vu, it may in fact that you "already read" or a similar description "heard" about a place near your brain and make the connection. Or you may have already seen a similar geometric structure (a round table on the left, right rectangular cabinet, etc..) That tell your mind that you know this provision ... So the next time you have that feeling, do not look in your visual memories, but explore the other boxes in your memory. You may be able to trace the origin of your deja vu.