I’m Sorry, But I Don’t Recognize You

As we were watching the early March Madness game today, a commercial for Sunday night’s episode of 60 Minutes came on and it definitely got my attention.

Your voice sounds so wonderful... But yer face don't look too clear

It was on something called Face Blindness, or prosopagnosia as it’s called by the smart community, like those doing research at Harvard.

Face Blindness is the inability to recognize anybody, even your own family.

I rewound the commercial so I could watch it again and when I couldn’t contain my excitement I turned to Tammy. (You can watch the 60 Minutes preview here.)

Me: That’s awesome. I want that.
Tammy: Shut up. Why do you always want stupid sh!t?

I don’t know what she’s talking about because all I could think about were the benefits to having Face Blindness.

I know I’m not the only person who forgets someone’s name within 3 seconds after meeting them.

I also know I’m not the only person who has looked right past someone I knew because I couldn’t remember their name, didn’t want to make eye contact which could start a conversation or pretended I just plain didn’t see them.

Right now the only excuses I have for not talking to someone is that I really couldn’t remember their name or that I’m just being a d!ck because I didn’t want to talk to them.

But if I had Face Blindness I’d have a legitimate excuse for not talking to them.

Yeah, yeah, I know there would be plenty of negatives, like not remembering friends and family members are but I could also use it to not remember who Tammy is when she starts yelling at me.

Hmmmm… Who are you you again?

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4 Responses to I’m Sorry, But I Don’t Recognize You

  1. I’ve always been fascinated with the odd things that the brain can do. Oliver Sacks has some good books on this.

  2. SilentMyth says:

    Do you know wives have this way of letting you know who they are even if you have this face blindness?

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