Are you good at recalling, remembering the faces of people?

@kalav56 (11503)
India
March 7, 2008 9:29am CST
I am poor at this. Earlier, when I had many customers coming , I used to chat with them.Strangely, even after many years, I would remember data associated with names of students, but I would forget the faces of their mothers .The mothers used to share their domestic problems, details of transfer, husband's job.etc etc.., I could remember all this with vivid detail, but never could place their faces immediately.I would tell the lady'OH! I remember, you came here soon after your transfer from Delhi.' you were in X locality for some time and then you shifted farther away to Y locality.Is it not?" But after placing the student I would reel out all these details but not identify that the person was someone's mother. My feeling is I have a very good memory for details but not faces. Can you share your views?
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@Tehgamer (275)
• Trinidad And Tobago
7 Mar 08
I am great at rememebering faces. I always remember people once I see them somewhere, the only thing is I never know where I know them from. This gets really wierd because I see them and can't go speak to them because I can't remember anything about them and sometimes they are looking at me as to why I don't come across. it's pretty annoying knowing you know the person but don't know their names or where you know them from!
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@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I always have remembered faces of people I have waited on when I worked as a cashier. Even now I can see people I seen somewhere in the past and don't remember their names. I'm also the same way when it comes to details though, I remember things all to well. I remember phone numbers like I am a personal phone book, birthdays, appointments, bill due dates, my social security number along with 3 of my 5 kids' socials. It sometimes feels like a curse to me, but in return I have the benefit of keeping things in my head that I don't need to look up.
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• France
8 Mar 08
ah...ithink i have an excellent recall of the faces of people and even of casual acquaintances from the distant past.I have perfect facial recall,strangely,i find almost no names in memory .
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@honeylore23 (1085)
• United States
8 Mar 08
Hello Kalav, I am good at remembering faces, but I am not good at recalling names and place where I met them. I find it very difficult always. There are times when I go to a certain place, somebody would greet me, Hi, how are you? I do remember their faces and would tell myself, I have already seen this person, but where and when? Then I would ask, Have we met before? Where, When, and why you know me? lol, it was so embarrassing when they would tell you the detail. This discussions of yours kinda remind me too of my teacher in Physics. She can't call us with our names as she really find it difficult to do, whenever she tried, she always have address us with different names. What she do is arranged us in alphabetical order and assign each of us a number, because she said she can easily remember numbers than names. It was very strange.
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• Czech Republic
8 Mar 08
I have big problem with remembering faces and also names. I must see the man for longer time or meet him more than once to be able to remember how he looks. Sometimes I got in embarrasing situations through this.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I'd have no problem in remembering people whom I've dealt with for awhile, such as coworkers and friends --- especially people who I wound up disliking for one reason or another. But I'd have a hard time remembering casual strangers' faces and names.
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• Japan
7 Mar 08
i am good remembering faces but names..nah...i only remember the name of a certain person if am attracted...hehehe
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@PTCRokr (186)
• United States
7 Mar 08
NOOOO. i am terrible at it unless it's a hot girl we are talking about. I just can't remember names and faces of new people that i meet and it sometimes leads to embarrassing situations. :(
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
7 Mar 08
This is something that i used to pride myself on being good at. However.. now as i've gotten older, and killed way too many of my brain cells, i am lucky that i remember my own name and face ;) *giggles* Have a good day kalav ;)
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
9 Mar 08
My answer to that question is yes, however, I hardly look at people to even know them in the first place, therefore, I always get that "hey I know you thing" and when I can't recognize the person, it seems like I'm some sort of snub. Anyway, the bottom line is that as long as i have seen someone, I will definitely remember the person's face.
• Canada
9 Mar 08
Hmmm...good question. I had to think on this for a bit. When I was hosting and producing talks shows on television I had trained myself to remember faces by association. I'd pick an image that reminded me of them...and link that to something that they said and I could usually put face recognition on recall. After David and I started working together and I developed my free lance writing business the need to recall faces diminished considerably. So now I have more difficulty that I used to. When I am rally stumped I send a message to my brain and ask it to do a 'recall.' Sometimes it does...other times the data seems lost forever. When that happens I am upfront with people and just say...I cannot place where we know each other from...sorry...please refresh my memory. They usually don't have a problem because we all have our brain burps. So there are my views on this one my friend. Raia
@quawertz (781)
• Philippines
8 Mar 08
I am good in recalling faces but I am the worst when it comes to names. I am having a difficult time remembering names. Even the simplest, Like john I would forget.
@lishiwei (1553)
• China
8 Mar 08
I have a very good memory before,but since I came to the profficional school it changed.But I always like to look at others,so I still can remember them.