Déjà vu: the Games of Subconscious Mind

subconscious-mindDeja vu is not an illusion, it is something that you have already experienced in your unconscious fantasies. Believe if you will, or do not believe it. This was already mentioned a hundred years ago by the “great and terrible” Freud, and many subsequent studies have only confirmed his hypothesis.

The phenomenon called deja vu is the feeling of something “already experienced” and, according to Freud, is remembrance of an unconscious fantasy. And since this fantasy is never conscious, during a deja vu moment it is impossible to “recall” something that seems to have already been already perceived.

These strange dreams

We begin with a bit of explanation. Along with the conscious fantasies, unconscious fantasies can exist, they are simply called daydreaming. Commonly, they express Continue reading

Science Behind the Mystery of Déjà Vu

deja vu scienceIt’s happened to everyone. This is a phenomenal sense of familiarity that arises when we are in a new situation.

James Lampinen, professor of psychology from the University of Arkansas, explains that déjà vu is a global phenomenon that makes us believe that we relive something that is actually happening for the first time. This experience can trigger confusion and anxiety and is often accompanied by a sense of removal from reality.

Sigmund Freud, the “father of psychoanalysis”, argued that déjà vu is the result of an unconscious Continue reading

10 Most Interesting Theories That Explain Why People Dream

dream theories mysteryThere is a branch of science called oneirology which studies dreams. This discipline combines features of neuroscience, psychology, and even literature, but does not provide the answer to an important question: why do people have dreams? There is no clear answer to this puzzle yet, but there are some interesting hypotheses, some of which are presented here.

1. Hidden desires – Sigmund Freud

One of the first few scholars, who began to study dreams, was the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. After analyzing dreams of hundreds of his patients, Freud developed a theory which is still supported by some of his followers: dreaming represents suppressed desires and hidden inclinations of people.

According to Freud, while dreaming, people see what they want to achieve, literally or symbolically. For example, if someone had a dream that his mother had died, this does not mean that this person subconsciously wants to kill her, instead, according to the Freudian interpretation, Continue reading