Tuesday, February 19, 2013

All About Everything - Week Of February 19, 2013

Last year I did a regular feature called There's A Trope For That, where I highlighted a page from tvtropes.org a few times a month. I won't be doing that regularly, anymore. Instead, I would like to draw weekly inspiration from that OTHER great internet timesucker, Wikipedia!

Each week I'll share something interesting I've found on there. Interesting to whom? Well, to me, honestly. But... maybe to you! It will be called All About Everything, unless I grow to despise that name, in which case it'll be known as Stuff From Wikipedia And Stuff


Today's Topic: Jamais Vu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In psychology, jamais vu (pron.: /ˈʒɑːm ˈv/; from French, meaning "never seen") is the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognizes in some fashion, but that nonetheless seems very unfamiliar.
Often described as the opposite of déjà vu, jamais vu involves a sense of eeriness and the observer's impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before.

Jamais vu is more commonly explained as when a person momentarily does not recognise a word, person, or place that he or she already knows.


Gah, this happens to me all the time. You know what's even worse, though? When a friend or family member talks about something the two of you did together once upon a time, and they remember it in complete detail, yet you have absolutely no memory of it. And the more they talk about it, the more you become convinced that A) This person must be confusing you with someone else; B) This person dreamed it all up; and/or C) It all actually happened -- and to you, in fact -- but you must have recurring bouts of amnesia. Which would actually explain A LOT.

EVEN WORSE is when you're re-reading your journals from five years ago, and you have no memory of the events you described in those journals actually occurring. Yeah. The events that happened TO YOU and that YOU wrote down. Nothing.

Goin' senile at 32. Who's with me?

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