Everyone’s had Deja Vu before.
Everyone’s had Deja Vu before. (Like that little trick, huh, huh? Oh, nevermind.) But how many of you have had Jamais Vu? Probably most of you.
People joke about, “Vuja De,” but in reality, a sort of “I’ve-never-experienced-this-before” experience does exist. Even if you think it’s never happened to you before. 😉
Joking aside: It’s called Jamais Vu, the opposite of Deja Vu. I did a little research on this topic, and found that 60% of people actually experience this feeling.
Still confused? Let me give you an example. Have you ever thought about a word for a minute too long, and suddenly, the word transforms into a sort of gibberish non-word, and you are totally baffled and bewildered but you can’t think of what the word means, or if it’s the right way to spell it, or even if the word exists. Still not ringing a bell? Try this. Write the word “Door” thirty times in sixty seconds…
Did anything happen? According to Dr. Chris Moulin’s Jamais Vu research at University of Leeds, linked above: when he tried this experiment on his subjects, he found that…
…68% showed signs of jamais vu.
For example, after writing “door” over and over again some participants reported that “it looked like I was spelling something else”, it “sounded like a made-up word” and “I began to doubt that I was writing the correct word for the meaning”.
Some thought they had been tricked into thinking it was the right word for a door.
“If you look at something for long enough the mind gets tired and it loses it’s meaning,” Moulin says.
Amazing. SImply amazing.
Other Jamais Vu weird experiences may include feeling suddenly lost in a familiar place, or talking to a dear friend and suddenly feeling like you’re looking at a perfect stranger. It’s a scary concept, like little bouts of amnesia that, thank God, eventually pass.
Mostly, this has happened to me when I get Semantic Satiation, or on the next morning of having something new. (For instance, a new car can feel newer the second day you own it than the first.) Has this ever happened to you before? Was it really that weird? 😉