The Last Word on Early Memories?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1323. Reviews the book, Earliest Childhood Memories, Vol. 1: Theory and Application to Clinical Practice by Arnold R. Bruhn (1990). Since the origins of psychoanalysis, earliest childhood memories have been taken as close cousins to dreams. Both are rightfully viewed as special products of the human mind that crystalize emotional issues, attributes, needs, inclinations, conflicts, coping skills, and more. The book is thorough in its coverage–historical, empirical, and otherwise. It presents an elaborate and definitive procedure for collecting written early biographical material from patients and for systematically assessing their contents, as well as their vicissitudes in the course of a therapy. In sum, this is a well-meaning book, written by an author who knows and believes in his subject. The topic is inherently intriguing. Still, the decision to seek out the book must be left to the potential reader, it is what it is for those who can believe in what it has to offer (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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