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Mysteries of the Mind

The human brain is one of the most complex and intricate things in existence as it is responsible for pretty much everything we use in our daily lives - from our toothbrushes to our cars. In fact, more than a 100 billion neurons are present in this 3-gram organ. Hence, we haven't been able to uncover all of its mysteries even in this day and age but hopefully, this article will provide you with some clarity on phenomena you might consider to be otherworldly but are really your mind playing tricks on you. So, let us begin.

The mind conjures up some strange delusions which are nothing short of nutty in my opinion. There is a phenomenon known as "Fregoli Delusion" wherein the person holds the belief that different people are, in fact, the same person in a variety of disguises. It is often associated with paranoia and the belief that the person in disguise is trying to persecute them or worse. There is another phenomenon by the name of "Capgras Delusion" in which the person believes that a close friend or family member has been replaced by an identical looking impostor. There have been cases where people have accused their own fathers and brothers of being replaced by aliens. 

The one that hits the closest to home, though, is “L'esprit de l'escalier” (stairway wit), the sense of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late. The phrase can be used to describe a riposte to an insult or any witty, clever remark that comes to mind, too late to be useful when one is on the "staircase" leaving the scene. Déjà Vu and Precognition are more common mental mysteries and affect a large percentage of the population. 

Déjà vu is a French word meaning ‘already seen’. It is the experience of being certain that you have experienced or seen a new situation previously, where you feel as though the event has already happened or is repeating itself. The experience is usually accompanied by a strong sense of familiarity and a sense of eeriness, strangeness, or weirdness. The "previous" experience is usually attributed to a dream but sometimes, there is a firm sense that it has truly occurred in the past. Déjà Vécu, a French word meaning already experienced or precognition,

Abhiraj Aggarwal


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