I've been noticing more of my deja vu's lately, and I couldn't help but think of why this happens, how I could so positively feel like I've seen something that I know I couldn't possibly have seen before. It can be a little unsettling and if I didn't know any better I'd have thought I was precognitive or something.
Now in high school I took college-level psych courses and from what little I remember, behavioral neuroscience teaches it as an anomaly of memory, where deja vu might be a result from an overlap between the neurological systems responsible for short-term and long-term memories (events that are viewed as being in the past), therefore creating you a false sense of familiarity. So here comes the first question I'd like to discuss: If this really is your brain short-circuiting or just doing something it isn't supposed to (that is out of the norm) and assuming pretty much everyone's at least experienced this once before, how frequent should deja vu be happening for you for it to become a real health problem?
Then comes statistics. Statistics teaches this thing called selection bias. Following this line of thought brings me to wonder that perhaps the brain has a tendency to record more hits than the misses, wherein we tend to remember the coincidences more often than when our guesses are wrong. Or, deja vu could just be an unconscious perception in the case where we will first get a brief glimpse of something and register it at a subliminal level prior to full conscious perception, and then when we obtain a full grip of things, it comes off as a second sight. Right now I'm leaning towards this explanation, as it makes most sense to me at the moment. What are your thoughts?
Ultimately the Jungian theories sprang to mind and I couldn't help but wonder what if, and some of what analytical psych teaches about the collective unconscious and archetypes are pretty interesting explanations of the phenomenon, in how there is a psychic inheritance where we inherit and are born with knowledge from our reservoir of experiences as a species (that pool of water he talks about which the Shadow guards). If I remember correctly Jung was also known to be somewhat spiritual, which brings me to my third question- if you are spiritual, what is your take on all this and how do you feel about the Jungian theories?
Lastly, if you are a believer of fortune telling, clairvoyance, psychics or other pseudosciences, could you provide explanation to your choice of beliefs, and what is your logic to believing?
I invite everyone (including you!) to join in on the discussion, chip in other ideas, and of course thanks for reading!