Dutch psychiatrist Hermon Sno proposed the idea that memories are like holograms, meaning that you can recreate the entire three-dimensional image from any fragment of the whole. The smaller the fragment, however, the fuzzier the ultimate picture. Déjà vu, he says, happens when some detail in the environment we are currently in (a sight, sound, smell, et cetera) is similar to some remnant of a memory of our past and our brain recreates an entire scene from that fragment.
Below are names for some of the many ways in which the déjà experience may manifest:
* déjà entendu - already heard * déjà éprouvé - already experienced * déjà fait - already done * déjà pensé - already thought * déjà raconté - already recounted * déjà senti - already felt, smelt * déjà su - already known (intellectually) * déjà trouvé - already found (met) * déjà vécu - already lived * déjà voulu - already desired
Neppe (in conjunction with Prof. B. G. Rogers, Professor of French, University of the Witwatersrand) in 1981 suggested the following additional terms:
* déjà arrivé - already happened * déjà connu - already known (personal knowing) * déjà dit - already said/spoken (content of speech) * déjà gouté - already tasted * déjà lu - already read * déjà parlé - already spoken (act of speech) * déjà pressenti - already sensed * déjà rencontré - already met * déjà rêvé - already dreamt * déjà visité - already visited
Déjà rencontré appears preferable to déjà trouvé for the already met experience because it specifically relates to interpersonal situations.
-Source: How Stuff Works.
Blogger note: I must say I don't pay attention to the type of the experience. Now I shall do!