"Pre-Deja Vu"

So, I’ve never tried to post anything before with intention of someone else seeing it, nor have I ever really told many people about this before. I guess because I forget about it a lot and it only happens sometimes but. I guess it could be considered a sort of glitch in the Matrix kind of thing? sixpenceee I thought you mind find this interesting, since you’re into neuroscience and such.

I’m going to front this by saying I don’t really believe in paranormal or psychic stuff. I’ve never really experienced anything like that and it’s just never really seemed plausible to me. But this thing I do sometimes seems kind of impossible and I’m not really sure how to explain it.

Sometimes I get what I’ve dubbed “pre-Deja Vu,” meaning that I will get the physical sensation of Deja Vu (that sort of zoomed out extreme awareness of everything that’s happening, and the sort of ‘blurred edge’ effect) except that what I see is not what’s in front of me. Usually it’s something I haven’t seen before, often with people I don’t recognize. I don’t want to call it a vision, but I guess that’s what it is. When I turn my head I can look around what I’m seeing, like you can with Deja Vu and recognize what’s happening. I can hear snippets of conversation and I’ll be aware of when it’s happening; I can think “wow I dunno who that is” or “what are they talking about?” And then it will end and I see everything that’s around me again.

It will happen in the middle of the day, never when I’m sleeping. And then, sometimes months or even a year later, I will have /literal/ Deja Vu of that moment. So I will experience that scene in real life that I somehow saw months ago.

The best example that I have that I recall the most vividly is from when I was still in high school, when I was a sophomore. I was in class and suddenly got that Deja Vu feeling and started seeing a scene that wasn’t there. It was a classroom in that school, but there were people sitting across from me that I had never met before. I remember looking left and right at the people there and listening to the conversation and thinking about how I didn’t know those people. I specifically remember the girl across from me. She had short dark hair pulled back in a ponytail and she was sitting at her desk eating something, if I recall correctly. Then the feeling of Deja Vu ended and I could see everything normally again.

I remember telling someone about it and thinking about it after it happened, so I don’t think it was something like normal Deja Vu and a fabricated memory of having actually seen it before, because I thought about it a few times after it happened and talked to a few people about it. And then I forgot about it.

Until my junior year in high school when I started IB and met a bunch of new people. I was sitting in Mr. Thompson’s class (I think it was TOK) and I looked across the room, and felt that Deja Vu. I looked to the right, and to the left, and I knew what Mr. Thompson was going to say, and what everyone was going to do. Across from me sat Vicky, a girl with short, dark hair, pulled back in a ponytail that I RECOGNIZED from when I “saw” her a year ago.

I had seen these people I had never met a year before I met them, and saw for a few moments what they were going to do and say, and then experienced it in real life. And that’s not the first time that’s happened to me either. It had happened before, and has happened a few times since. But for some reason that instance is the one I remember the most vividly.

I’m not really sure how it’s possible that I did that, and again, I really don’t believe in being psychic or anything like that so I really have no way to explain it. But the sensation is exactly like Deja Vu except what I see isn’t there, and it’s always something that I experience a while AFTER I see it for the first time.

My sister actually has the same thing except for her she always dreams what’s going to happen, whereas for me it’ll happen in the middle of the day when I’m fully conscious and doing stuff.

So yeah. Thought you might find that interesting.