Living With Face Blindness: Who Are You, Again?
November 13, 2010
What if you came downstairs in the morning and there was a stranger in the kitchen making you breakfast?
What if unfamiliar kids reached out to you at the supermarket?
Or you introduced yourself to someone new at a party, only to discover she was someone you’ve worked with for years?
Heather Sellers writes about the experience in a new memoir, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness.
Sellers tells us that face blindness [prosopagnosia] isn’t a vision problem, but a memory problem: She can see faces, but she forgets them instantly.
She believes her mother was schizophrenic and paranoid, covering up televisions and paintings, nailing the windows shut and forbidding young Heather to answer the phone.
Face blindness “forces me to say right away the most vulnerable thing I could say to someone: I may not know you, but I want to.”
another person with prosopagnosia: