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Unlocking the Secrets of Your Childhood Memories.


Childhood memories can be the key to understanding your adult personality. These are the memories that play in your head like tapes, influencing future attitudes and conceptions.

For those who are struggling with the question of identity: "Who Am I?", the authors have a simple guide, seek out the memories that may still haunt you from childhood.

"You're still the little boy or little girl you once were," they say. "It is no mere coincidence that Donald Trump remembers taking all of his little brother's blocks to build a beautiful building and never giving them back."

The book also chronicles Lee Iacocca's inability to throw anything away and attributes that virtue to his messianic power to save a near-bankrupt Chrysler Company.

Because the brain records every experience that it encounters, whether memory retrieves it or not, the authors insist that the gold mine of riches lying dormant there can be recalled when we learn to invoke a need for their relevance to the present.

One of the authors relates the traumatic experience of having to take a bold step in childhood to avoid humiliation. In adulthood, he is convinced, his daring is the result of those memories stimulating him to take chances. Most of them have been successful.

Seldom is an arch villain used as a positive example to prove a point. This book, however, depicts Fidel Castro's driving need to dominate and to assert himself having its base in a rebellious childhood. Fidel was the son of upper-class, wealthy parents. His teachers posed a wall of frustration. Castro's dream was eventually to overwhelm forces that frustrated him. Too simple, perhaps, but it is significant that the present dictator of Cuba went against his upper-class background to overturn a government in the name of saving it for the downtrodden.

There may be some logic to the theory that dredging up childhood memories to understand the present has validity. Psychoanalysts never tire of the excavation process. It is interesting that Lehman and Carlson are convinced that there is a simplicity to deciphering material long covered by time and the patina of wishful thinking - a gloss that we all perform on memory to make it more tolerable.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Jun 22, 1990
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