Show a fellow human being a picture of two dots and a curved line, and he’s going to interpret it as a human face.
– Summer Beretsky, PsychCentral –
If you imagine you can see faces or characters in clouds, the moon, a tree, a flower or rock formations – you are experiencing a psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia. Seeing patterns in random data can also include hearing things (such as the urban legend of a message when the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever” is played backwards). I hear a word being repeated over and over in the ticking of a loud clock on my wall…
Pareidolia may also explain UFO, Loch Ness Monster or Elvis sightings. The Rorschach inkblot test uses the phenomenon to gain insight into a person’s mental state.
I document my Pareidolia when I take pictures:
I remember drawing houses like this when I was a child:
One place where this (pareidolia) commonly happens is with cars: the headlights become eyes, the grille becomes a mouth (possibly nostrils or a mustache if split), the logo becomes a nose, etc.
– Tyler Duffy, Gear Patrol, 2020 –
The logical (to me) next step is to add faces where there are none!
I photoshopped these taco chips for my post Best Puns Ever – Let’s Taco ’bout Them
One Last Story
The Car Guy was in a motorcycle accident in 2012. He had a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). There were certainly some interesting and even amusing moments during his recovery. For the first few months, he was unable to retain memories, but more spectacularly – sometimes he saw people that the rest of us couldn’t see!
One afternoon he woke up after a nap in the Guest Room at the Cabin and announced there were puppy faces on the ceiling over the bed. This was a new hallucination. He insisted I come and look. I stretched out on the bed and looked up at the wood paneled ceiling.
“See – there.” He pointed at the wood grain knots and swirls. “Two eyes and a nose. And over there. Two eyes, a nose and ears. And another one over there!”
Relief – yes, I could see puppy faces in the knots and swirls too! Then – I thought about all the people who had slept in that bed, but had never mentioned seeing puppy faces! It takes a certain freedom of thought, I guess, to see things like that.
Do you experience Pareidolia?
More about this phenomenon: Why People See Faces When There Are None: Pareidolia