January 26

An Interesting Phenomenon

I have noticed something weird going on, you might have noticed it too. Here is what I have noticed: I will have never, EVER, heard of something or someone, but as soon as I hear about them, they are EVERYWHERE. I’m not kidding. This happens to me a lot. 

For example, my family recently watched The Help starring Octavia Spencer. I’d never heard of Octavia Spencer before, but after we watched The Help, she started showing up everywhere. She was nominated for an Oscar. She was in the new movie Hidden Figures.

Do you see what I mean?

Not convinced yet? Fine. I’ll give you another example. 🙂

My friend sent me a recording of her singing the song Closer by The Chainsmokers. Good song. Never heard of it. UNTIL….. I was in the car and I heard it on the radio about 500 times! WHAT? I’d never heard of this song before, and all of a sudden it’s all over the place!

This is kinda weird. Does anyone else notice this or is my brain just being weird?

I actually have a possible explanation for this phenomenon. These things I never noticed before, I actually might have noticed before and just don’t remember it because I wasn’t paying any attention to it. I’d seen the Hidden Figures trailer before we watched The Help, but I didn’t recognize Octavia Spencer as an actress in Hidden Figures. But when I saw the Hidden Figures trailer after we watched The Help, my brother and I both recognized her as Minny, or her character in The Help. Closer may have been on the radio before and I just didn’t remember hearing it until after someone had sent a recording of it to me.

 To prove I’m not crazy, I did some extensive research on this topic-

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I know that you are amazed by my researching skills.

But anyways, this phenomenon is actually real. It is called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, and it is actually pretty interesting. It’s caused by unconsciously paying attention to a new word, phrase, or, in my case, person or song. This causes you to notice these knew things more often than you normally would. Pretty cool, right?

I’m just glad I’m not going insane. It’s pretty cool that this is actually a real phenomenon, not just something my brain made up. It’s pretty cool, I think, that this weird phenomenon actually exists. It’s even cooler that this blog post lead me to learn this!


Question Time! Have you experienced this phenomenon before or am I just losing my mind? If you’ve had this happen to you before what was it that you had never heard of until it was suddenly everywhere you looked?