Do You Know What’s Pareidolia??

have you seen a shape of your best friend’s face on a cloud while you were lying on the ground?? Do you suddenly seen a face of a man on a wall?? Or, have you ever seen  any familiar shapes while looking at the coffee that you just bought?? If yes, then my friend, you are being diagnosed as having a pareidolia. Haha!!

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I see a face of a man. How about you?? what do YOU see?

 

don’t worry, pareidolia is not a psychological disorder. In fact, everyone experienced it. The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Medically speaking, pareidolia phenomenon occurred when the brain try to interpret the perceptions of images or audios that come from random stimuli. Other theory such as, our brain are ‘hardwired’ to recognized faces. Simple as that.

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I see.. well a pair of magical wings..

 

And yeah, the first step of delusion is this. If it’s uncontrollable, it will lead to a false belief about that random stimuli. For examples, hearing someone talking about you, seeing alien or anything similar. Pareidolia are often being related to miracle and religion.

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okay.. this is obviously Virgin Mary.

 

Here are some examples I’ve gathered. Hope you will enjoy it!!:

Religion

1)      http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/06/eye-of-the-beholder-religious-miracle-or-myth-pareidolia/

2)      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22686500

Outer Space

1)      http://listverse.com/2013/06/09/10-astounding-examples-of-pareidolia-in-outer-space/

Random

1)      http://www.livescience.com/25448-pareidolia.html

2)      http://www.howitworksdaily.com/q-and-a/what-is-pareidolia/

 

I’m sure you will find many more. Feel free to google it yourself. For myself, I found this psychological phenomenon rather interesting. Many of my friends experienced it every day but yet, almost none of them knew what it is called or how can it be explained. Until next time, see ya..XDXD

 

 

 

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