Hi, I have always had problems recognising people out of context, even if I know them quite well, and I was wondering if anyone has any advice which could help me. I can usually recognise an acquaintance if they're dressed differently but in the same place I am used to seeing them in (e.g. work) or sometimes if they're dressed the same as when I last saw them but in a different location. I have to know someone really well before I can identify them anywhere. Of course, some people have been too much offended by me not knowing them already to ever get to the "knowing well" stage. Sorry to ramble on, but hope someone can help because this is one of my most frequent social faux pas.
I wonder if this is a problem with information processing in the brain.
I have this problem as well, I don't see or recognise people, or I see people and wonder where I have seem them before and after a long while realise it is someone at work who works at the next desk!
I even have problems when I have to meet someone I know at a station for example. They don't immediately stand out and I can end up looking 'through' them and not recognising them.
There's a name for it, which I can't remember off the top of my head. One of my old bosses got me to do a test for it, which you can do on line. I scored on the low end which made me borderline for the condition. I don't know how it was borderline though because I often don't recognise people and often offend people because of it.
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I Post here, because I have this great trouble (irritation) also... but cannot Post much more just now. One term for it is PROSOPAGNOSIA (Greek - Prosopo=face, A=anti, Gnosia= comprehend. More-Or-Less.). Prosopagnosia is supposedly common to persons with ASDs... supposedly.
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychology/psychologyexperiments/experiments/facememorytest/startup.php I scored 54 at this at the first attempt. For me the score improved with repeated attempts . I think because the faces became more familiar.
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I've great difficulty recognising faces and rendering people's names. And it gets very embarrassing when someone greets me and I have no idea who they or where they know me from.
To counteract the problem I make a great deal of effort to look for distinguishing features on their faces. The good news is that they mistake it for eye contact.
Haha I’m going to do the test again when I get on my laptop - why? Because I love doing these quizzes :-D thanks for the link :)
A woman who worked at a gym I used to go to when I lived up north, was at the opposite end to us. She remembered everybody’s name and once when I phoned the Gym, she answered, and knew it was me immediately. I think I had only spoken to her a couple of times, such as morning, goodbye etc, as she works on the front desk. I was truly mesmerised by her, totally astonished, as I have difficulty recognising friends but she recognised and remembered everyone she ever met.
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Faceblind is a term i am familiar with and I know no one.
Makes social situations impossible everyone thinks I am a great snob.
I just do not recognise anyone.
Terrible when I had a boyfriend who was a soldier I had to dump him I could not tell him from the others when he was in uniform. Out of uniform was difficult unless he said hello first :(
I was told it is high in people who got glasses late and had a weak eye. The brain does not develop facial recognition, interesting to see it mentioned here.
There is a film a lot of faceblind people can not understand the plot line too.
Watch The Departed (not a ghost film) No one give away any of the plot or google it before watching.
I see a link for a test I will do tomorrow when I am more awake.
I am in my mid 50s I know I am faceblind to a degree it is a horrible thing.
I once lived in a rough neighbourhood and could not say hello to anyone as one group of boys were the type to cause trouble and I could not tell them apart from he helpful boys so i walked passed them all and no one like me for being a snob or never saying thank you to people the next day after they helped me - i did not dare in case I spoke to the wrong boys
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Thanks for the advice, because I don't always remember to do that observation at the first meeting. At subsequent meetings, I then find it difficult to try to work out who the person is and launch into the expected conversation with them at the same time. I could do with being given a few minutes to think about it, but that would mean admitting to them that I don't have a clue who they are. Oh, well...