At least once in our lives, we all have done or said things that gave us a strong impression that it had happened before. What games does our brain play with us? Certain phenomena of the mind are particularly difficult to explain and continue to puzzle scientists to this day. This list will feature both unexplainable brain glitches that occur in healthy people and incredibly strange mental disorders.

Here are the top 10 strangest phenomena that occur at times in our mind:

1. Deja Vu

Deja vu is an odd experience of having seen or experienced a new situation previously. It feels like if the event has already happened before. The experience is usually accompanied by a strong sense of familiarity and a bizarre feeling like you are dealing with some kind of paradox. The “previous” experience is usually attributed to a dream, but sometimes there is a constant feeling that it really has happened in the past.

2. Deja Vecu

Deja vecu is what most people experience when they think they are having a deja vu. Deja vu is when you have a feeling that you have seen something before, whereas deja vecu is an experience of having seen an event before, but with great detail, as to recognize the smells and sounds. This also is usually accompanied by a very strong sense of knowledge about what will happen next.

3. Deja Senti

Deja senti is a phenomenon of having already felt something. The phrase “I have felt it before” perfectly captures deja senti. This phenomenon of the mind is just a momentary glitch and seldom stays in our memory later. Many epileptic patients often experience deja senti.

4. Deja Visite

Deja visite is among the less common phenomena of the mind. It involves an unexplained knowledge of a new place. For example, you may feel like you know the location you are visiting (a new city or a landscape) although you have never been there before.

5. Jamais Vu

Jamais Vu describes a familiar situation that we do not recognize. It is often considered to be the opposite phenomenon of deja vu. The observer does not recognize the situation although it is a fact that they have experienced it before.

6. Presque Vu

Presque Vu is very similar to the feeling in the “tip of the tongue”. When someone is ready to say something, but their brain gets stuck and a word does not come out. I believe everyone has experienced this. It’s quite an annoying feeling, isn’t it?

7. L’esprit de l’escalier

L’esprit de l’escalier is when a smart thought comes to you when it is too late. For example, you had a disagreement with your special someone and only hours or even days later, you come up with a perfect argument you should have used. Introverts are particularly familiar with this phenomenon of the mind.

8. Capgras Delusion

Capgras Delusion is a phenomenon of the mind where a person believes that a close friend or a family member has been replaced with an identically looking one. This illusion is very rare and is sometimes observed in people with schizophrenia.

A particularly interesting fact is that people with Capgras delusion believe that their loved ones have been replaced with imposters only when they see them, but not when they hear them speaking, such as in the case of talking on the phone. This is because this delusion has to do with impaired visual recognition.

9. Fregoli Delusion

Fregoli Delusion is another one of the strangest phenomena of the mind. It makes a person believe that different people are the same person in various disguises.

10. Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia is a phenomenon of the mind in which a person is unable to recognize the faces of people or objects they are familiar with. People who have this disorder are usually able to use the other senses to identify individuals, such as the person’s perfume, the sound of their voice, or their hairstyle.

Did you enjoy our list of the strangest phenomena of the mind? How many of them were you familiar with before reading this list? Let us know in the comments below.



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