I’m really worried. I’ve always had problems remembering names and faces but tonight really scared me. I was watching Narcos with C, a historical fiction show about some drug dealers in Columbia, and I couldn’t tell any of the women apart. C seemed to have no trouble telling who was who but I just couldn’t tell. They all had long black hair, big brown eyes, and pretty much the exact same shade of skin. I realize this makes me sound racist as hell but I have the same problem with white people too sometimes. There were three red headed guys in my International Marketing class. It took me to the end of the semester to rule out one of them as not Rob. There was Rob (who I was working on a group project with. It was almost all email so we really only ever saw each other in class), not Rob (I still think he looked exactly like Rob but there were some subtle differences), and definitely not Rob who was the one that I managed to be able to easily identify by the last three weeks of class.
I used to get freaked out because I thought I saw people I knew everywhere around me. I thought I saw a French professor that I had seen around my university campus at baggage claim in Phoenix. There was one girl on campus that I thought looked so much like my friend K that I didn’t greet K when she came for a surprise visit because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me again. That has mainly passed but it was really bad for a while. It was like being in the matrix.
TV is the worst though. Unless the actors or actresses have some very distinguishing characteristic (like one of the detectives had severe acne scars and the other was pretty much the only white guy) I have a really hard time telling. I put it down to being forgetful or absent minded (and I am) but I’m starting to wonder if that really cuts it any more.
Does anyone have any idea what’s going on?