No matter how gracious the person might be about my mistake, I can’t help but feel that they think I am rude. That they can only assume that they weren’t important enough to me to leave an impression. I always insist to myself that this isn’t true and try to be my nicest self and really remember their face, but it doesn’t always work. As a coping mechanism, I’ll often not introducing myself because I’m not sure if I’ve met a person already, or rely on my husband Alex to tell me who someone is. He always knows, and I don’t think it’s because he is a nicer person than me. At least I hope it isn’t.
Sometimes I will see someone on the street and think that maybe it’s someone I know, but not be sure so instead of saying hello, I’ll avoid them. How strange is that?
The Vogue article links to a face recognition test you can take online where you must identify famous people’s faces. I did well on this test. I can recognize Bill Clinton or Tom Hanks by seeing their image online, but like the author of the article, the test didn’t feel true to the problems I face in real life. She writes:
I’m so curious Lydia readers, have you ever felt like maybe you have a touch of Prosopagnosia or have do you feel like you’re extra good at recognizing faces? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!