Everyone knows what deja vu is, but not everyone has heard about deja vecu, deja senti or deja visite.
First of all, what is called “deja vu” is not in reality deja vu, but only a type of it.
According to psychologist Arthur Funkhouser, there are three types of deja vu experiences: deja vecu, deja senti and deja visite.
Deja vecu can be translated as “I have already experienced this”, and almost always when a person speaks of deja vu in reality he means deja vecu. Of course, such a generalization and characterization of the two terms is completely wrong.
But what exactly is a deja vecu experience? Firstly, it involves much more than simple visual stimuli, that is why its identification with the term deja vu, which means “I have already seen this”, is wrong. This feeling contains much more detail and information, and the person experiencing it feels that everything is exactly as it was in the past.
Deja senti experience has to do exclusively with human emotion, and is translated as “I have already felt this”.
Unlike the other two types of deja vu, deja senti does not include the shade of paranormal and is something completely natural. Of particular interest is the fact that many epileptic patients often experience deja senti, something that can help in the research of the other two types of deja vu experiences.
Finally, deja visite is a more specific feeling: it is the paradoxical feeling that we know a place we have never visited before. That is, for example, when visiting a city for the first time, a person knows the exact way to get to his destination, despite this is practically impossible.
Though this experience occurs very rarely, several theories have been proposed as an explanation of the phenomenon: from out-of-body experiences and reincarnation to simple logical explanations. The phenomenon has been studied by Carl Jung and described in the paper On synchronicity in 1952.
The essential difference between the experience of deja vecu and deja visite is that in the first the dominant role is played by emotion, while the second has to do mainly with geographical and spatial dimensions.
The most common and interesting case of deja vu is deja vecu, which is confirmed by the number of studies, experiments and surveys that have been devoted to explaining the phenomenon.