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Posted By Dr Sarah Bate on 4th Feb 2013 at 10:22

Does public and professional awareness of prosopagnosia need to be increased? What would be the benefits of this on a personal level?

Posted By Anonymous on 23rd Aug 2018 at 21:21

Face blindness has benefits its not only bad. one of the benefits is that the center responsible for rasism is disbled too , since rasism is baced on faces I never understood racism but reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-race_effect link the coin dropped. I think racism is disabled and cant work , if you have face blindness also other biased reaction towards faces do not work. witch gives peace of mind. I discovered that auto face detection control's a lot of automatic behavior since I discover that I can act neutral to some kind of girls while my male friends really can not. also the girls Acknowledge this , when asked they just replay that they cant block the feelings. it seem they hook "feelings" based on the face of the girls. while for me all faces give the same neutral response. while smell and voice can touch me just like any other man :) The good thing about this is that I can not judge om looks and that's a good thing , I can only judge on how people act.

Posted By Unknown on 14th Apr 2017 at 17:29

My previous post posted as "Unknown"!! LOL I guess it doesn't recognize me!!! I'd like to add, as "on topic" for this page, that i think this problem should be discussed along with other issues like dyslexia and color-blindness and Asperger's. I feel stupid or, more specifically, i feel others look at me as being self-absorbed or stupid because of this difficulty. Sis

Posted By Unknown on 14th Apr 2017 at 17:24

I'm not sure if i actually have this condition. I relate to the "symptoms" to a point but i also have difficulties recognizing the "face" of something like different screens on the computer. It may be more of a learning difficulty than this prosopagnosia but my curiosity is piqued. I don't remember people's names when i meet them but worse, i don't remember their face. Once i've seen them enough or something about them has etched itself on my brain THEN i work on remembering their name with the person. I sometimes remember the name but have no face to put with it. OTOH, i DO recognize close friends and family. I sometime think i recognize someone only to find out it's not them, nor do they actually look like that person. Is that the same thing? At a new job where i need to learn several different computer "pages" i have difficult in being able to "see" what i am looking for. It feels like the same problem to me. ??

Posted By Chris on 9th Sep 2016 at 10:46

Yes yes yes. If it were more commonly known, I would find life much easier - much embarrassment would be saved, and it would be simple to inform people I have the condition without needing a long explanation (which I don't mind giving, but is often inappropriate with a casual introduction).

Posted By Irene on 1st Jul 2016 at 13:32

Yes, absolutely. I'm sure many people who I fail to recognise think I'm snobbish or rude for walking right by them.

Posted By Anonymous on 11th Jun 2016 at 21:28

Yes, it would help a lot. Most people have not heard of face blindness and they think you are making a rubbish excuse when you explain why you fail to recognise them.

Posted By Unknown on 27th Apr 2016 at 10:57

Hi there, we're a group of students from the University of the Arts London and are currently producing a documentary. We're interested in basing our film and research on prosopagnosia and people who are affected by it in order to raise public awareness and reach people who may not know they are afflicted by prosopagnosia. If anyone would be interested in being interviewed for research purposes or for on screen content, please contact us at [email protected]

Posted By Renae on 15th Aug 2015 at 19:32

I have never encountered a person who wasn't a psychologist who knew what prosopagnosia was. And when I tell a psychologist, their response is a very excited WOW followed by lots of questions. I didn't know what I have even had a name until a psych friend told me what it was in my late 20s.

Posted By laura on 27th Jun 2015 at 22:05

Yes, maybe there should be T shirts and badges available to buy, this would also help to raise money for the research

Posted By Colin on 26th Mar 2013 at 19:57

Definitely! I grew up in the 1980s with a sister and brother who were very dyslexic. This was just when dyslexia was starting to become widely known and recongnised and I know many of their struggles (and indeed the struggles of my parents to make sure they got the help they needed). Now a generation later, things are so much easier for dyslexics (at least in terms of people knowing about and accepting it) because of the public recognition. I'd like to see a greater public recognition both so that people who have it can find out early and learn how to deal with it (I only found out I had prosopagnosia in my late 30s and looking back I can know see it's caused me quite a few problems over the years that wouldn't have happened if I'd known I had it) and so that others are aware that these problems exist. I'd also like to see some sort of screening program in schools. It's done for colour blindness (or at least it was when I was a kid) and it should be easy to do something similar for faceblindness that could potentially flag up kids who might have problems and who could be given further tests (if they wanted it).

Posted By helen on 22nd Mar 2013 at 21:14

of course awareness should be increased, the amount of people ive annoyed by failing to recognise, though it can have its funny side. i once failed to recognise a tv celebrity who was posing right in front of me, looking for recognition and adulation. as a middleaged woman i should have automatically been slavering at the sight of him apparently!it might be good for us if we didnt have to explain ourselves everytime we are introduced.one time when it was obvious i should have recognised someone they got it and reminded me, thats such a relief when other people know what to do.

Posted By Diane on 22nd Mar 2013 at 15:40

I agree completely with Anonymous above. Very few people I talk to have ever heard of prosopagnosia, so I end up giving them a dissertation and websites to read. They probably think I'm on some kind of crusade. I remember when I first learned that there was an actual name for what I was experiencing -- it was such a relief! It's becoming easier to find out about prosopagnosia on the web, but it would be great if people knew it existed and didn't have to be clever detectives to discover it.

Posted By Anonymous on 8th Feb 2013 at 18:19

YES! If there as much recognition of this problem as there is nowadays for dyslexia, and if it could be found with very young children, then perhaps youngsters could have intervention therapy that will spare them a lifetime of mistakes, frustration and embarrassment. For me, personally, if it were common knowledge that a certain percentage of people have this challenge, then fewer people would be offended that I can't figure out who they are. Fewer people would be affronted that I've mistaken them for someone else.

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