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  1. So you see. All the people around us are twin brothers. You get used to this perception and don't notice it. Although yes-everyone says that you are just inattentive. And you can't prove it, because no one will ever believe that it is IMPOSSIBLE to distinguish the faces of three people standing side by side-yes, it is IMPOSSIBLE, there are no differences! YES, YES, they really are identical twin brothers! Provided that you try to perceive the FACE as a whole composition.
    If you look at the faces constantly-maybe in at least 10 days, or even a couple of weeks, differences in FACES will begin to appear, but-sooooooo slowly.
    Therefore, the brain has long been aiming to look for differences in another-here a mole, here a scar, here the wreaths are swollen, here the hump of the nose is bright, here the bend of the sidewalls of the lips is specific.. And the most important differences are the figure, motor skills, posture, gestures, voice, specific facial expressions, the fit of clothes, and another 100500 small details. A healthy brain (in a person who does not have such a disease) ignores most of these details – just one face is enough for it. But if instead of a face-a general oval……… At the subconscious level, you will look for these little things and be sure to find them.
    As soon as I remember how I recognized my colleagues in the army , I will start.
    All of them were wearing the same camouflage, about the same height, age, hairstyle, and build…. try to find the distinctive details right away.. Horror, fear and panic.
    My work is connected with the fact that recognition/identification of a person often plays a very important professional role. And I know people almost instantly, in all sorts of difficult situations, and I'm never, EVER wrong when everyone else is wrong. Colleagues are only surprised.
    .. and tell someone at the same time that in fact for you all people look like twin brothers .. everyone around you will laugh for a long time, appreciate it as humor, and no one will believe it.
    Anyone who wants to see live, clearly how we perceive the world-I recommend watching a good movie with Mila Jovovich – “Faces in the crowd”. Hypertrophied, of course, but the truth is almost complete.

  2. In fact, I always thought I was just distracted and had a slightly worse memory than others.

    My parents always told me I wasn't paying attention. And when I complained that I couldn't recognize my teachers, classmates, friends, and even relatives as soon as they changed their clothes (not to mention changing their image), everyone said that I was making up nonexistent problems for myself.

    Now they ask me why I grew up an introvert with a very narrow social circle…

    But recently I accidentally came across a test (I don't remember Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard..) to determine the presence of facial blindness. I decided to pass just for the sake of a joke. and I got a score of 79%. Then I went through it several more times already strenuously and diligently memorizing the faces from the tasks. My limit is 73%. I searched the Internet for similar tests, read a bunch of articles on this topic. But all of them are like a carbon copy, like a copy-paste from one article with minor edits.

    I didn't make a diagnosis, but my suspicions were reinforced.

    Close people know about this feature (although my parents are still sure that I make everything up for myself), but casual acquaintances, situational acquaintances (the attending physician, the seller from the pet store, etc.) colleagues, often take offense that I do not greet them when I meet them outside the usual environment.

    But I couldn't tell everyone I met and on every street corner about the reasons for this, could I?

    Or maybe stick a sticker on your forehead?

  3. Just like you. This disease is damage to the part of the brain that is responsible for facial recognition. People perceive faces as images without deviations — you just need to spend a few minutes with a person and you already intuitively know the location of the eyebrows, the shape of the nose, face, and so on. A person with prosopagnosia sees everything exactly the same way. Seriously. Only here with recognition and memory — a problem. Instead of a single image of a person's face, it's like photos of the same face in different emotions, from different angles, and in different lighting conditions. If a person changes their facial expression in front of it, they automatically store it in their memory and remember it that way. Healthy people, when they see a face, compare it with images in their memory, and a prosopagnostic person-with a huge pile of captured” pictures ” of the face. Just like if you had to memorize what complex three-dimensional objects look like (unless, of course, you have a phenomenal ability to rotate spatially).

  4. Sees the outlines of faces. For example, it recognizes a neighbor, because the distance from the ears to the eyes is ten centimeters. And in general, and the wife with a hat can be confused)

  5. There is a term “memorable face”. These faces are remembered due to their special features, flaws, unconventionality, and unusualness. Perhaps the face that you can't remember doesn't have such features, it's ordinary, “gray”, like thousands of others, and therefore it's not remembered

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