Understanding Yourself and Others Through Early Memories

Join us for an interactive lecture with psychologist, Professor Emeritus and author Arthur Clark on Thursday afternoon, November 17th at 2:00 pm in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Although many people find the first memories of childhood to be a familiar and intriguing topic, what is largely unknown about early recollections is their potential to reveal insights into an individual’s personality and outlook on life. In the early 1900’s, the Viennese psychologist, Alfred Adler, discovered that early recollections as a projective technique provide a person a tested means of understanding what life is like or about. Various personality and sensory dimensions emerge in early recollections that assist in grasping an empathetic understanding of a person.  

Art will discuss the process, and then demonstrate with a shared memory from a volunteer member of the audience (or perhaps two!).

Arthur Clark, EdD, is an Emeritus Professor at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. As a licensed psychologist, he has extensive experience with clients in school and clinical settings. He is the author of Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in LifeDefense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process, Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices, and Early Recollections: Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy, over 50 articles, and a blog for Psychology Today, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dawn-memories.

This lecture is appropriate for adults. Please register online or by calling the library at 508-457-2555 X7.

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