American actor Brad Pitt suffers from a very unique disorder, prosopagnosia.
The 58-year-old admitted this in an interview with GQ magazine a few days ago.
This neurological disease is also known as “face blindness”.
Sufferers fail to recognize faces, sometimes even familiar ones.
The comedian, who has not been officially diagnosed, says the disorder often causes him social problems.
He explains that he can’t remember people he’s met, especially at parties, and that many people feel full or sloppy afterwards.
Although Brad Pitt admits that he tries to remember the people he meets, without success, he feels shame.
“Nobody would believe me if I said that. I want to meet someone who suffers from this!” he said in his interview.
What is prosopagnosia?
This rare neurological disorder affects between 2 and 2.5% of the world’s population.
It appears from a very young age and lasts a lifetime. This is called congenital prosopagnosia.
There is also progressive prosopagnosia, which develops over time, often due to a neurodegenerative problem.
Finally, people who have had a stroke, concussion, or brain tumor may suffer from “acquired” prosopagnosia.
In a 2019 study published by BMC Psychology, a woman told German psychologists that it “never occurred to her” that she could recognize people by their faces.