What is face blindness and is it a real condition: the condition is known as prosopagnosia

Brad Pitt’s voice came alive when he talked about a rare problem he experiences in social settings.

“Nobody believes me,” exclaimed the 58-year-old Hollywood actor and producer in a recent interview with GQ magazine, the reporter outlining his reaction in prose.

The Once upon a time… in Hollywood The star told the outlet he struggled to remember new people and feared he was now being unwittingly labeled as aloof or self-centered.

The condition is known as prosopagnosia, or more commonly, face blindness.

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Brad Pitt poses at the 92nd Annual Hollywood & Highland Academy Awards on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Getty)

Face blindness often affects people from birth and is usually a problem a person has for most or all of their life. This can have serious repercussions on daily life.

This isn’t the first time Pitt has spoken out about the disease. He talked about the state in 2013however, he admits QG he has not been officially diagnosed.

So, is face blindness real?

In short, yes. The condition can affect people from birth and is usually a problem they carry throughout their lives.

“Prosopagnosic people are usually able to recognize that a face is present, but are unable to identify it,” said the University of Western Australia found.

“In everyday life, therefore, they are forced to rely on clues such as voice or clothing to identify familiar people.”

Sadie Dingfelder, reporting journalist with The Washington Post, was three months into her job at the newspaper when she first experienced an incidence of face blindness.

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Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the 1999 film, Fight Club.
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the 1999 film, Fight Club. (20th Century Fox)

Sadie had mistaken a colleague for a member of staff who had left the media group the day before. Then she picked up a man from the supermarket for her husband.

At the time, she blamed the confusion on the “work uniform” of the female journalists around her and the man wearing a coat similar to her husband’s.

“I discovered that I had a rare neurological disorder known as prosopagnosia, or face blindness. This discovery sent me on a journey that I thought, at first, would be a lark,” she wrote.

“What I didn’t realize was that this diagnosis would make me question every story I’ve ever told about myself, the very fabric of my identity. It was like I had bought a ticket for a Ferris wheel and ended up being launched into space.”

The UWA further breaks down the condition.

“Prosopagnosia has mainly been documented as a result of brain damage (traumatic brain injury or stroke) in adulthood, in which case it is referred to as acquired prosopagnosia,” the UWA found.

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Brad Pitt is on the cover of GQ magazine. (Elizaveta Porodina/GQ)

“If, on the other hand, the deficit occurs as a result of brain injury or a neurological condition affecting the brain during childhood (when normal facial recognition abilities are still developing), it is called developmental prosopagnosia. “

The UWA has also discovered a third form of the condition, congenital prosopagnosia.

It is a deficit of facial recognition apparent from early childhood “in the absence of an acquired lesion or any other neurological concomitant, and within the framework of intact sensory and intellectual functioning”.

The UWA has found growing evidence to suggest that there may be a familial factor in congenital prosopagnosia.

“However, potential candidate genes and their role in the development of neuropsychological mechanisms involved in face perception remain to be established,” the UWA said.

The exact number of people who live with prosopagnosia is not known, however, Time has estimated that there are up to one in 50 people.

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