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Strange Psychological Phenomena That Actually Exist

Human brain has to be the most complex and fascinating organ. Even after experimenting and researching for centuries, scientists have failed to create a complete explanation of the functions of brain. Which is why there are many unresolved issues regarding the it. Sometimes human brain play tricks that are both unexplainable and unbelievable. Following are some mysterious occurrences that actually exist.

Deja vu

At least, 70 percent of the population reports having experienced some form of déjà vu.

Deja Wu is a French term, which means, “already seen”. 

It is the overwhelming sense of familiarity with something you should not be familiar with at all. 

Take this as an example. You visit a certain place for the first time. But you feel like you have already been there. 

Or, when you discuss about a certain  topic with a certain group of people at a certain place, you feel like you have talked about the same thing, at the same place with that same group of people. 

There is not a clear explanation for this phenomenon. 

Several psychoanalysts name déjà vu as a simple fantasy or wish fulfillment, while some psychiatrists ascribe explain it as a mismatching in the brain that causes the brain to mistake the present for the past. Many parapsychologists believe it is related to a past-life experience.

However, the mystery of deja vu remains unsolved.

Jamais vu

Jamais vu is the opposite of deja vu. It occurs when you come up against something you’ve seen or experienced many times before, but for some reason, it feels unfamiliar.

Following is an easy way to experience it. Try writing or saying one word over and over again. After a few minutes, the word begins to sound like gibberish or totally foreign. Like you have never heard of it

(I think the words “coffee” and “fork” are good examples. Say them 100 times fast out loud, and — there you go — that’s some real jamais vu.)


When you eat chicken, does it feel pointy or round? Does the note B taste like horseradish? Do you get confused about appointments because Tuesday and Thursday have the same color? When you read a newspaper or listen to someone speaking do you see a rainbow of colors? If so, you might have synesthesia.

The word “synesthesia” comes from the Greek words: “synth” (which means “together”) and “ethesia” (which means “perception)

 Synesthetes can hear colors, feel sounds and taste shapes. What makes synesthesia different from drug-induced hallucinations is that synesthetic sensations remain the same always. For particular synesthetes, the note F is always a reddish shade of rust, a number 3 is always green or the word  truck is always blue.

Each one of your five senses stimulate a different area of your brain. When you look at a certain bright coloured object, it stimulates the primary visual cortex (which is responsible for vision). If you have synesthesia, you may also feel like you can taste the color of the object while you look at it.

So in here, not only your primary visual cortex, but also your parietal lobe  (which tells you what something tastes like), is also stimulated. That’s why researchers believe that people who have synesthesia have a high level of interconnectedness between the parts of the brain that are responsible for sensory stimulation

Synesthetes report having unusually good memory for things such as phone numbers and security codes because digits, letters and syllables take on such a unique panel of colours. But synesthetes also report making computational errors because 6 and 8 have the same colour.

Paris Syndrome

To foreigners, Paris is the city of superlatives — most beautiful, most romantic and most interesting. But Paris in real is a normal buzzing city with normal people; much less glamorous than it claims to be

Paris Syndrome is a psychological condition caused by a severe contrast between expectations and reality when visiting the City of Light.

Even though this sounds ridiculous, you have to know that this issue is quite severe, to the point of at least 20 tourists experience depersonalization, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, racing heart, nausea, and vomiting

Mirror Touch Synesthesia

Mirror touch synesthesia is a condition that causes a person to feel a sensation of touch when they see someone else being touched.

When they see a person touched on the left, they feel the touch on the right. This is why the term “mirror” is used.

Neurologist Joel Salinas, who possesses this rare gift once talked to the media about this certain experience.

     “Someone is doing compressions [CPR] . . . and as this is going on, I’m feeling the compressions on my chest as if it were happening on my body…. As he died, I felt this kind of hollow slipping sensation . . . and after that, I ran to the bathroom and threw up.”

However, those who have mirror-touch synesthesia can also feel emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and anger. When observing others who were feeling these emotions. These people have a higher level of empathy too

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