A life with prosopagnosia

Cogn Neuropsychol. 2012;29(5-6):354-9. doi: 10.1080/02643294.2012.736377. Epub 2012 Nov 27.


The author gives an anecdotal account of his life with developmental prosopagnosia (DP). He was not formally diagnosed until the age of 53 and has evolved a complicated strategy for recognizing people based on non-facial physical features and context. He describes his experiences through infancy, school, university life and courtship, work and family life. He believes that he has lived a full and successful life despite DP but that some aspects of his social and work life were impaired by face-blindness. In his experience people react positively and helpfully if the consequences of DP are explained to them, and this improves social interactions and communications.

Publication types

  • Personal Narrative

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Prosopagnosia / congenital*
  • Prosopagnosia / psychology

Supplementary concepts

  • Prosopagnosia, hereditary