Temporal Lobe signs in a Normal Population


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How often do most people have deja vu?

Our Thanks to misterpoll for their invaluable help in gathering this data.

Over 200 responses in less than six months without one penny of research funding.

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Here is some basic data about how often a ‘normal’ population (a group of internet users willing to answer a ‘poll’) experiences the most common spontaneous altered states of consciousness (known as Temporal Lobe Signs).

Even though internet users are a ‘normal’ group, we can’t consider this to represent the ‘general population’. We should assume that only those who are interested in altered states to begin with would choose to participate in the online ‘poll’ used here. Those who never have these experiences might easily lack any motivation to participate. One study found that the frequency of these experiences in a group of university psychology students formed a continuum with the frequencies of temporal lobe signs pretty evenly distributed across the group. These students did not volunteer as readily as the internet group represented below. They were given credit for participating, while this group was given no compensation whatever. The frequencies of their experiences should be expected to be higher than a more ‘typical’ group, because of the method used to gather the data. Nevertheless, the relative frequencies of specific experiences within this group that emerge in this data make it worth examining.  Please note that not all the numbers add up to 100%, so don’t use it as a reference in any academic work.

(All answers are estimates.) 

How often do you experience Deja vu?

Never (less than 1x/year) (13%)
Between yearly & monthly (31%)
About once/month (18%)
About twice per month (18%)
About once per week (9%)
More than once per week (4%)
Once a day (most days) (0%)
Just about all the time (2%)

 211 total votes


How often do you feel that everything is strange, odd, dreamlike, disconnected, unreal or just strange?

Never. (less than 1x per year) (19%)
From 1x/Mo. to 1x / Yr. (27%)
Around once a week. (13%)
About once a month. (10%)
Around twice per month. (8%)
More than once a week. (8%)
Most of the time. (7%)
Once a day on most days. (4%)
More than once a day. (0%)
210 total votes


how often do you get the feeling that there is someone or something in the room with you when there’s nobody there or that you’re ‘not alone’ or ‘being watched’ when you’re by yourself?

Never (less than 1x/year). (28%)
From 1x/Mo. to 1x / Yr. (21%)
Around twice a month (11%)

About once a month. (10%)
Close to once a week (9%)
Once a day on most days (7%)
most of the time (6%)
More than once a day (4%)
208 total votes


How often do you feel that your body is moving when its actually still (like the feeling that the bed is moving while dropping off to sleep)?

Never (less than 1x/year) (22%)
From 1x/Mo. to 1x / Yr. (28%)
About once a month. (14%)
Close to twice per month. (12%)
Around once a week. (6%)
More than once a week. (5%)
Once a day on most days. (4%)
Most of the time. (3%)
More than once a day. (2%)
 214 total votes


How often do you feel electric-like ‘buzzes’ in your body or pins-and-needles, ‘tingley’ sensations?

Never (less than 1x/year). (15%)

From 1x/Mo. to 1x / Yr.? (18%)
Around twice a month. (15%)
About once a month. (11%)
Close to once a week. (11%)
Once a day on most days. (8%)
More than once a week. (8%)
More than once a day. (7%)
Most of the time. (2%)
212 total votes


I spend a lot of my free time writing.

False (63%)
True (37%)
207 total votes


My spirituality is my real focus.

False (59%)
True (41%)
205 total votes


I’m always thinking about sex.

False (60%)
True (40%)
206 total votes


My emotions are so strong that they often shock me.

False (52%)
True (48%)
204 total votes


When it comes to sex, I just don’t understand what the big deal is about.

False (70%)
True (30%)
202 total votes


I set aside some time every day for meditation (or something like it).

False (55%)
True (45%)
206 total votes


Sometimes I think that there are rules to life that everybody understands except me.
True (52%)
False (48%)
207 total votes


Prayer is better than meditation for me.
False (58%)
True (42%)
203 total votes


 
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