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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #9

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Facial recognition has been hard for me my whole life. I have improved quiet a bit over the years. When I first meet someone I study their face and keep saying their name in my head. I will keep doing this every time I see them until I feel I have their features memorized. I would say this has improved my ability to recognize someone by 80%. I would like to hear what techniques others use. I would like to improve even more if I can.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #28

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I have excellent facial recognition.
I can watch a movie and see an actor for a split second and know what movie I have seen them in before.
But I cannot remember names well. So pairing the two is awful. Faces and names are terrible bedfellows for me.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #31

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I'm fortunate that I remember a face really well, but obviously have NO idea who they are if they aren't infront of me. I couldn't draw my wife for example as I don't know what she looks like. But if I met someone once, the next time I met them I would remember who they are.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #69

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I have great recall when I see a face, but like monkeymaiden names are an issue. I tell most people I meet that I am unlikely to remember their names and will most likely have to ask again a few times, I used to mask this behavior...even had a girlfriend in college who's last name I was having issues with, so I tricked her into letting me see her driver's license, and then promptly fessed up because I thought it was kinda funny (she did too, and in my defense it was a really long Scandinavian name). As for actors and such, some of them I remember, it is reinforced enough that it would be hard not to remember them, but there are character actors and voice actors I have a hard time with like the guy I refer too as "Oh the guy they use when they can't get Lance Henriksen"
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #87

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Nathan Buzby wrote:
I have great recall when I see a face, but like monkeymaiden names are an issue. I tell most people I meet that I am unlikely to remember their names and will most likely have to ask again a few times

This causes me so much anxiety.
I feel a mixed bag of emotions knowing that this is a real thing. That I am not stupid or less than, that is is reasonable that I find certain things hard to remember like names etc..

That Aphantasia is an actual thing that exists and I am not broken, just different.
And I am not alone.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #107

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Yep, just difference, there cannot be a moral connotation or judgment based on inherent neurology, there is no fault to be had, no person is accountable for their genetics, anymore than they are for race, sexual orientation, or the socio-economic class they were born into. An interesting thought on names, is that I often have trouble with names and believe it is because it tells me nothing about the individual themselves, for most cultures it is indicative of patrimony and parental choices. But when it comes to online games and forums, I tend to remember handles better, the names we choose for ourselves seem to me to inherently have more context, to tell something noteworthy about the individual, and thus it becomes pertinent data to remember.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #114

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Nathan Buzby wrote:
But when it comes to online games and forums, I tend to remember handles better, the names we choose for ourselves seem to me to inherently have more context, to tell something noteworthy about the individual, and thus it becomes pertinent data to remember.

I would assume also that is is the repitition of seeing the handle over and over somehow pushes it into long term memory.
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #148

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Valid point that, could probably test for that in a controlled fashion, not sure that is a worthy endeavor, but naturally I am still going to think about it! I sure do enjoy having some top quality sounding boards around who enjoy a dialectical conversation, so much nicer than "no, you are flat out wrong just because I believe you are."
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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #150

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Nathan Buzby wrote:
no, you are flat out wrong just because I believe you are."

People can only understand from their level of perception man.

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Remembering people's faces 2 years 3 weeks ago #677

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Seems like a few of us are great at remembering faces when we see people again, but have problems remembering names. I wonder if this is connected to aphantasia or a separate thing entirely.
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Remembering people's faces 1 year 4 months ago #3094

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Wow,

just new here but I too could not draw my wife, I can tell you exactly what she looks like but picture her in my mind, unfortunately not.. I love her dearly and sometimes feel like I let her down because of it.
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Remembering people's faces 1 year 4 months ago #3216

I was struggling to know if I really have aphantasia until the part of the test when you are supposed to picture someone's face and describe the details. I was shocked to realize I have no idea what my husband looks like. (When I'm not looking at him or a picture of him). Or my kids.

It explains many of my habits, including keeping my phone storage bursting to the max with photos and videos of my kids. I also like taking videos of them just being themselves in their different stages so I can remember what they were like in all if their cute baby and toddler ways. When they move on to other stages I cannot conjure up the images.

Since discovering aphantasia I have begun staring at my husband and children to memorize these details. But all it does is help me describe them; which funny because it is useless. It doesn't help me conjure up pictures, and others who know us already have pictures. If anyone hasn't seen my kids, I show them the hundreds of pictures on my phone. No need to show pictures of my husband, it would just make then jealous, he's a babe. I think...
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Remembering people's faces 7 months 3 weeks ago #4973

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I have some degree of face blindness, but have managed to fumble through life and make due despite it. I used to constantly re-introduce myself to people I had already met. It's embarrassing and seems so rude because other people just don't understand.

I've learned never to say "nice to meet you" because there's a good chance I have met them before. It can take up to maybe 3 interactions with someone before I recognize their face.

In certain social settings, I won't introduce myself to people unless I'm 100% sure I haven't met them before. I've found that the best strategy is to talk to "new" people as if we're already friends, acquaintances, colleagues, etc. It allows me to skip over a potentially awkward situation.

Over the years, I've learned some tricks to better recognize the faces of the new people I meet. For whatever reason, if I've seen someone's photograph, it is way easier for me to recognize them in person if I meet them again. So when I meet someone I know I will see again, I'll take the time to look them up on Facebook or LinkedIn. Just a quick glance at their profile photo and then I can better recognize them the next time I see them.
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Remembering people's faces 7 months 2 weeks ago #4987

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Hello Yorkville

Yes, I do better with remembering faces once I have seen a photograph of the person

I have also noticed that when remembering people, it tends to be just their face I remember. The features and characteristics, I mean, things like kind eyes, long nose, friendly smile etc

But I have noticed something else. I rarely remember peoples body shapes, or even size. I do not remember their outfits either. Not unless these things are very significant, ie very tall, exceedingly slim, or a particular outfit. Like I know Elvis wears a white suit with big collar

A friend tested me with this. She named people from TV and films. I could discribe their faces to some extent, ie noticable features. But when she asked me what is the body like I got stuck. When she said OK how do theiy walk, I could sometimes get the walk etc. With Elvis, she said what about when he gyrates. And yes, I suddenly got that. But then she said when you think of him gyrating do you still have his face in your mind. I said no. She then said, what about his white outfit, can you get the face, the gyrate and outfit together, or the fave with outfit, or outfit with gyrate, I said no. I seem to have registered these characteristics seperately. I am wondering if others would describe remembering people this way, or similar????
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Remembering people's faces 7 months 3 days ago #5029

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Very interesting, having things sort of split up like that. I will have to observe myself, then analyse...
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