July 7, 2022
Pitt says his condition has led people to see him as “aloof, inaccessible,” and “self-absorbed.” He also told writer Ottessa Moshfegh that nobody believes him when he tells other people about his situation.
“Nobody believes me! I wanna meet another,” he told Moshfegh, who told him her husband thinks he shares the same condition as him.
This is not the first time the Oscar winner has talked about his prosopagnosia. Back in 2013, he said in an interview with Esquire that many people hate him because they think he’s disrespecting them, when in fact he simply doesn’t recognize them.
“Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I piss more people off,” he said at the time.
“You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man,” he said. “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.”
Prosopagnosia is a rare birth defect that can be a life-long issue, if not managed properly. Sufferers of this condition have to deal with “face blindness” and use other strategies to help them recognize people, such as observing the way they talk or walk, the way they dress, or their hairstyle and color.
It is normal for people with prosopagnosia to suffer from social anxiety because they are constantly worried they may not recognize the people they know.
Some people who suffer brain damage due to stroke or severe head injury develop this condition—impacting the way they recognize even their friends and families.
There is no known treatment or cure for prosopagnosia, but doctors recommend ways to help patients recognize people, such as cues.
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