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July 25, 2012 7:10 PM Subscribe
Can anyone explain my emotional flashback/flashforward moments?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Since I was a teenager, I've experienced (not often, say a few times a year) moments where I fleetingly dip into an emotional, or an emotional state, that is unfamiliar and unwarranted.
It's very difficult to explain satisfactorily. It's kind of like noticing a hidden frame in a movie. The last time it happened, I was stood at a bus stop feeling contented and calm, and I experienced what felt like a snippet of a memory from a time when I was sad and angry. But nothing connected to it. Another time, I was at work feeling dull and I got the same little freeze frame suddenly, only it was happiness and overwhelming contentment, but when it passed it felt profoundly incongruent to my general state of mind.
To be perfectly honest, it feels like a cross between emotional deja vu, a brief look into a thing I haven't yet experienced, and dipping into someone else's thoughts. It's simultaneously unsettling and entrancing, and yet when I write it down it seems kind of trivial to get too bothered about. But when it happens, it stays with me for a while afterwards, or at least the memory of the brief moment does.
Does anyone else experience this? If it's reasonably common, I can chill out about it!