Misreading faces: dyssemia
Misreading facial expression: Misreading faces tied to child social anxiety
Imagine trying to have a normal conversation, and develop social skills, if you are misreading how the people around you are feeling, and how they are responding to you. If you respond AS IF they are displaying emotions that they are not feeling, they begin treating you strangely, and the disconnect deepens.
What if people seem sad when they're really annoyed. People seem annoyed when they're sad. People seem to be getting angrier and more annoyed with you NO matter WHAT you do. That's a hostile world, a chaotic world where you can't learn from experience but you don't know why. You withdraw. I observe this happening sometimes to people, and then wonder how much *I'm* really getting right in my relations with others. Am I seeing warmth in people who aren't feeling it? Getting hurt by situations that aren't meant to? Assuming the worst when there are opportunities for better?
The funny thing is I know people who are poor at reading social cues but instead of withdrawing and feeling bad they do the opposite: they walk around in the belief that all is right with the world and that they are rubbing everyone the right way. These people can be great: bulletproof self-esteem.
Most people seem to get it right most of the time, but then under stress misread everyone. And how does this relate, or not, to the issue of prosopagnosia?
I see this dyssemia more in people I know who are quite anxious - and stress ramps it up. As the linked article mentions, it isn't clear whether anxiety is driving the deficit or living with this deficit raises anxiety but both make sense and would naturally feed one another.
Or, am I reading it wrong?