Does Brad Pitt have prosopagnosia? | The Sun

BRAD Pitt has revealed he suffers with an undiagnosed condition that makes him appear uninterested. 

Prosopagnosia, or so-called 'facial blindness', is when someone is unable to recognise faces and places that they know.

Those most severely affected can’t recognise their own family, which can be emotionally tormenting. 

Other signs include:

  • Confusing characters in films, TV shows and/or plays.
  • Inability to identify people in photographs 
  • Avoiding using names or introducing two people to each other

In an interview with GQ, Brad – who has one of the most memorable faces in the world – said he struggles to remember new people in social settings, especially at parties.

The 58-year-old actor fears it makes him come across as 'remote, aloof, inaccessible, self-absorbed', the article said.

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"Nobody believes me! I wanna meet another," he told author Ottessa Moshfegh when she revealed her husband believes he has the same condition.

Brad told Esquire back in 2013 about the struggles he has faced with prosopagnosia.

He said: "So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them.

"I took one year where I just said, this year, I'm just going to cop to it and say to people, 'OK, where did we meet?' But it just got worse.

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"People were more offended. You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited'. But it's a mystery to me, man.

"I can’t grasp a face, and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested."

Brad has not been officially diagnosed as of yet.

Testing for prosopagnosia involves seeing a specialist and going through a number of tests.

For example, a patient may have to try and identify famous faces or judge someone’s age, gender or facial expression from a set of images.

In the UK, research into prosopagnosia is ongoing at the Centre for Face Processing Disorders at Bournemouth University, led by Professor Sarah Bate.

She writes: “Many people occasionally fail to recognise a familiar face, or even mistake an unknown person for someone they know. 

“However, individuals with prosopagnosia have a severe face recognition problem, affecting even the most familiar faces, such as their spouse or children.

“Some people avoid social interactions, experience problems with interpersonal relationships or damage to their career, and even report episodes of depression. 

“In extreme cases, people with prosopagnosia develop social anxiety disorder, characterized by fear and avoidance of social situations that may cause embarrassment.”

People with prosopagnosia can use coping strategies to help them in daily life, by trying to recognise people by their voice, clothing, hair or walk.

However, this doesn’t always work, especially if someone gets a haircut, for example.

A brain injury, including a stroke, can trigger prosopagnosia (acquired). 

If brain damage occurs in early childhood, before the child has fully developed the ability to recognise faces, they may grow up not realising they're not able to recognise faces as well as other people can, the NHS says. 

Some people can get it without any known damage (developmental), and simply fail to learn how to recognise faces.

It potentially runs in families, experts say, with siblings sometimes affected. 

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Several studies have indicated that as many as one in 50 people may have developmental prosopagnosia, the NHS says.

This equates to about 1.5 million people in the UK.

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