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Why do I have these feelings of deja vu when meeting someone new?

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In brief: Double perception

When you're meeting someone new, you focus on them. But your subconscious is still perceiving the rest of the world.
During your introduction at some point, your focus becomes less defined, and you begin to consciously perceive the rest of the world the way you normally would, but since there are memories of those perceptions recently laid down in your subconscious mind, they seem familiar.

In brief: Double perception

When you're meeting someone new, you focus on them. But your subconscious is still perceiving the rest of the world.
During your introduction at some point, your focus becomes less defined, and you begin to consciously perceive the rest of the world the way you normally would, but since there are memories of those perceptions recently laid down in your subconscious mind, they seem familiar.
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