Faces can be a source of great embarrassment for me, as I am faceblind.
This means I do not recognise faces as such, but recognise a person as a whole,; by their hair, their clothes, their size, who they are with and their gait. So if I know someone well enough to recognise these characteristics, then I’m sorted. I always recognise my children for example, because I know where they are coming from, what they are wearing or will be carrying. I do sometimes have to stop and work out which one of my kids is approaching but their voices help with this.
I think my face blindness also makes it difficult for me to detect emotions, especially in those tests that show only one face part, like the eyes. I often misread facial cues and therefore get the wrong end of the stick. But sometimes I’m fine and know exactly what people are thinking.
For example, yesterday I took these photos, and I had a pretty good idea what emotions were involved.
But what was causing my children to feel this way? Take a look at the uncropped pictures.
Kittens! They were DH’s birthday present and they’ve charmed everyone, except for the dogs.
Just look at those little faces…
If you want more on the theme of ‘Faces’, then visit The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers today.