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Dawn of Memories

The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life

Arthur J. Clark

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Dawn of Memories is a journey into the realm of early recollections of childhood and a search for the meaning of the remembrances. Since 1895, first memories have been a subject of hundreds of investigations around the world. The age of a person’s initial recollections, the content of the memories and various other topics are of enduring interest to people of all ages. Early recollections yield deep insights into an individual’s personality and ways of perceiving life, and can help both individuals and clinicians to employ these first memories for personality appraisal and growth.

Building on earlier studies,
Dawn of Memories presents a clear and understandable framework for interpreting early recollections in order to enhance self-understanding and personal development. Numerous captivating and informative examples detail the meaning of first remembrances in historical figures and people from diverse backgrounds. Clark also focuses on capitalizing on strengths and an awareness of potentialities that emerge from reflecting upon early recollections. Readers will come away from this enlightening work with a better understanding of their own memories, their lives as result of these memories, and how to use them to resolve current issues in their lives.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 204Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-2180-2 • Hardback • July 2013 • $45.00 • (£27.95)
978-1-4422-2181-9 • eBook • July 2013 • $44.99 • (£27.95)
Arthur J. Clark, Ed. D., is a professor and coordinator of the counseling and human development program at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of Early Recollections: Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process, and Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices. His has published over forty journal articles and book chapters, with twelve publications relating to the topic of early recollections.
PART I ORIGINS AND INVESTIGATIONS OF EARLY RECOLLECTIONS
  1. Unlocking the Front Door: An Introduction to Early Recollections
  2. Looking Forward by Thinking Back: Historical Perspectives on First Memories
  3. The Story of My Life: Personality Dynamics, Early Recollections, and Alfred Adler
PART II INTERPRETATION AND MEANINGS OF EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

  1. Life Is What I First Recall: The Interpretation and Meaning of Early Recollections
  2. “The Whistle:” Dawn of Memories, An Early Recollections Interpretation Model
  3. Capturing the “Big Picture:” Core Themes and Early Recollections
  4. Becoming a Person: Personality Dimensions and Early Recollections
  5. “I Am What I Perceive:” Perceptions and Early Recollections
PART III TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES OF EARLY RECOLLECTIONS
  1. Teaching By Example: Early Recollections of Historical Figures
  2. Making Sense of My World: Early Recollections in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  3. Looking Through My Eyes and Yours: Early Recollections in Personal Use


Building on earlier studies, this book presents a clear and understandable framework for interpreting early recollections to enhance self-understanding and personal development. Numerous captivating and informative examples detail the meaning of the first remembrances in historical figures and people from diverse backgrounds. The author also focuses on capitalizing the strengths and awareness of potentialities that emerge from reflecting upon early recollections. Readers will come away from this enlightening work with a better understanding of their own memories, their lives as a result of these memories and how to use them to resolve current issues in their lives.
Counseling Today


Art Clark’s new book, Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life, is a book written through the eye of inclusion. Careful to avoid restrictive or difficult jargon, Dr. Clark offers a book on early recollections that is accessible and interesting for Adlerians and non-Adlerians alike. ... It provides an historical, theoretical, and psychological framework that allows one to understand why recollections are used and why they are useful. This framework connects the components of recollections to the usual elements of basic beliefs, but also extends to elements of Adlerian Theory beyond basic beliefs, thus providing a great refresher for those already using ERs in clinical practice.
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)


Dawn of Memories is a well written, insightful, and engaging book that focuses on the importance of early recollections in our lives and their continued power to influence us throughout the lifespan. Clark captures our attention and holds it throughout this text through the use of fascinating illustrations and case histories while simultaneously helping us understand the potential of memories to foster awareness, understanding, and growth.
Samuel T. Gladding, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Dr. Clark’s work on early recollections is invaluable for truly understanding the motivations and personality of individuals. Introducing early recollections in a book for the general public is a superb way to help anyone understand the importance of how the remembrances shape our lives that indeed create who we become in life. I cannot think of a more worthy author to shed light on the phenomenon of early recollections than Dr. Clark!
Carrie M. Butler, Ph.D., LCSW, assistant professor School of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin State University


Dawn of Memories provides an easy to follow structure to unpack some key aspects of who we are, where we come from, and our strengths and challenge areas. With this knowledge, it is easier to make changes or understand success. Clinicians have known the power of early memories to help people change and now Arthur Clark has made it available to the masses.
Leigh Johnson-Migalski, PsyD, associate professor, Adler School of Professional Psychology


A fascinating read. This book is clear and accessible to everyday readers hoping to make more sense of their earliest memories. What Dr. Clark did for clinicians in Early Recollections: Theory and Practice in Counselingand Psychotherapy, he has done for everyone in Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life.
Richard E. Watts, Ph.D., president of North American Society for Adlerian Psychology, distinguished professor of Counseling at Sam Houston State University


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