I started thinking about it because I had a flashback of a very early memory this week. I was standing at the door and watching my older sister go to kindergarten. I remember watching her walk down the driveway and staying at the door for a long time. And waiting for her to come home. She was not quite five because she is a November birthday and I was two and a half. I remember asking my mother what Janet did all day at kindergarten and my mom told me she learned her ABC's. Then I wouldn't let my mother teach me the alphabet because I wanted to learn in kindergarten like my sister. Independent early on you might say.
From the cited below New York Times article: “The pioneers of psychoanalysis attached much significance to early memories. One early analyst, Alfred Adler, raised these recollections to a place of prime importance in understanding human nature.” “The first memory,” Adler wrote, ”will show the individual's fundamental view of life, his first satisfactory crystallization of his attitude.” He continued, ”I would never investigate a personality without asking for the first memory.”
According to a study by John Kihlstrom, a psychology, “he found that the earliest memories were typically of something that occurred between the third and fourth birthdays, that the overwhelming majority of memories involved visual imagery and that most of this visual imagery was in color.”
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I think my earliest memory is of an unpleasant encounter with the ocean, which must have happened when I was about 3. My family was vacationing at Virginia Beach and I was walking along when a wave knocked me down. I was, of course, rescued immediately, but the swiftly passing sense that I was drowning stayed with me for a very long time.
I was greatly afraid of water for most of my childhood as a result!
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I remember Kindergarten, so I was about 5 years old, sitting in the circle, while my teacher read us a story. Of course I was wearing a dress and I was a bit shy. Somethings never change (love wearing dresses).
What is your earliest memory and how old were you?
Photo Credit my awesome Grandfather. This is my sister Janet, the gypsy and I was Spot the Dog. Trick or treat.