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Not All Pessimists Are the Same

Distinguishing Pessimistic Trends through Early Childhood Recollections

What the World Needs More: Social Interest

The Most Human Way of Being and Early Recollections

Early Childhood Memories: Endure or Drift Away?

How stable are early recollections, and why does it matter?
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

The Essence of a First Memory of Life: The Core Theme

Why the main idea of an early recollection in life matters.

The Overlooked Value of Early Recollections

An Unknown Proposition: Early Childhood Recollections Serve an Essential Purpose in Life.

A Job Worth Doing: Understanding Early Recollections

Early recollections in life can seem mystical and obscure. A new model for interpreting the meaning of first memories can be helpful in understanding the remembrances.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Recognizing this tendency in early recollections of life and addressing ways to curb the downward shift.

A Bat and a Ball: Objects in the First Memories of Life

Endowing special meaning to things in early childhood recollections.

A Place in the World: Place Meanings in Early Recollections

Why and how place or location matters in the first memories of life.

"I Think I Can." Self-Efficacy and First Memories

Early recollections and the belief in an ability to overcome challenges in life

Are Early Childhood Memories Random and Disconnected?

Finding patterns in an individual's early recollections

Why Are Optimists Smiling? Are They Blind to Reality?

Understanding a Person's Outlook on Life Through Early Recollections

How and Why Color Matters in Early Recollections

The experience of color in early recollections occurs only with a minority of persons. The meaning of color to these individuals is often life-orienting and personally enriching. The "color-minded" remind all people of the vitality and wonder of color as a human endowment.

Early Recollections and the Five Senses

People with an orientation to particular senses serve to remind us all how an attunement to sensory experiences contributes to vitality in living and an appreciation of our sensory endowments. How we experience the senses in early recollections relates to the uniqueness of individuals and their capacity for revealing glimpses into human nature.

Early Recollections and the Autism Spectrum

In her Psychology Today post, Lynne Soraya recently responded to my Psychology Today blog post that I wrote on the sparse and prosaic qualities of early recollections. In my experience using early recollections as a projective technique, most people are able to recall three or four remembrances, but then begin to have difficulty retrieving more memories.

Why Are Early Recollections Sparse and Prosaic?

Memories of the first years of life are purposeful in number and content

Exploring Early Recollections as a Projective Technique

Few people realize that their first memories of childhood have a capacity to reveal insights into their outlook on life and ways of perceiving the world.

A Journey With Early Childhood Memories

For forty years, I have studied and utilized early recollections as a personality appraisal tool. As a graduate student in the 1970’s, I was introduced to the projective technique in a Theories of Counseling class focusing on the work of Alfred Adler. Through a class activity, I explored one of my first remembrances, and have been hooked on the procedure ever since.