The American actor, model, and producer, Brad Pitt, is in the middle of the divorce process with his ex-partner Angelina Jolie. In 2013, the movie star commented in an interview for Esquire magazine that she suffers from a rare disease called prosopagnosia. “There are people who hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he said.
According to him, the Hollywood star suffers from prosopagnosia, a rare neurobiological disease, which makes it more difficult to associate faces and names, thus preventing the identity of new people from being retained in memory after meeting them. It is a specific type of visual agnosia that is characterized by the inability to recognize familiar faces and even, in the most severe cases, the patient may not recognize himself in a mirror or in a photograph.
It is not known if Brad Pitt managed with that confession that all those people forgive him, what of course he did achieve was to give visibility to a rare disease (it affects 2.5 percent of the world population).
Those affected by this brain disease, like Brad Pitt, can identify a face as such and know that there is a difference between two faces, but they cannot recognize or identify who it is. In many cases, the affected person makes a deductive analysis of the person to try to identify it through characteristic features such as the shape or color of the hair, the presence of a scar or mole, certain facial expressions, etc.
The bad news for people like Angelina Jolie’s ex-partner is that there is no specific treatment for this disease. The only remedy that health professionals are betting on is to train people who suffer from prosopagnosia so that they can recognize some aspects of the physiognomy of their people more.