Have you ever introduced yourself to someone, only to be told that you've met at such-and-such a place or at such-and-such a time? It's pretty embarrassing for you and it can even make the forgotten person feel pretty lousy as well. This has no-doubt happened to most people in their lives, but only a few people can say that it has happened to them with their family members, friends, or even themselves! I was very interested in the disorder called PROSOPAGNOSIA which we learned about in lecture, and so I decided to learn more. There are two types of prosopagnosia; developmental and acquired. Acquired prosopagnosia usually happens after a brain injury or stroke has occurred whereas developmental prosopagnosia is comparable to being color-blind, where the person doesn't realize they have the condition until they are tested. I was interested in this disorder after seeing the video clip in lecture of the woman who didn't recognize a picture of her mother (even one that she took herself) and she also didn't recognize a picture of herself. I think the part where she didn't recognize that the picture in front of her was actually her, was the weirdest part. I cannot imagine looking in the mirror and not recognizing the person that I see in the mirror. I think that it would be very hard if a loved one had this psychological disorder because it would be hard to not be offended every time the other person looks at you like a stranger.
Can you imagine living in a world where each person that you came in contact with is a stranger at first glance?