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What are your earliest childhood memories? Were you afraid of the dark? Can you remember a particularly embarrassing moment? Those memories - along with the words and emotions you use to describe them - hold the key to understanding the person you are today! Drawing on examples from his own life, the lives of celebrities, as well as case studies from his private practice, renowned psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman helps you apply these same techniques to uncover why you are the way you are. Remember, "The little boy or girl you once were, you still are!" So unlock that memory bank - pick a memory, any memory - and discover what makes you tick!
©2007 Kevin Leman (P)2007 Oasis Audio

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  • JENNIFER WZ
  • 22-05-15

My new favorite

Met expectations and lots more. I am on my fourth Book by Kevin Leman and plan to read them all. The narrator's voice is particularly pleasant. This book is a must have for anyone who wonders how their own environment and past has shaped their life.

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  • Gare
  • 06-07-09

Fun and thought provoking...

Why do you remember what you do from childhood? This is a question that I had never thought to ask, but according to this author is important in determining who I am today. Theories abound...but many of his insights do make you think.

gare.henderson@gmail.com

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  • Phillip
  • 12-09-18

It felt like Dr. Leman was writing about me.

It felt like Dr. Leman was writing about me as a "First Born" at times. I paused my listening several times to tell my wife something out of the book that amazed me because it hit so close to home. I was surprised to learn that some people have no childhood memories because I have so many and I can see how every one of them is tied to an emotion, often a feeling of achievement or loss/failure for me as a first born.

I thought the explanation of how to tell if a memory is actually a memory or something your mind has created based on stories you've been told or photos you've seen was very helpful. It helped me realize that what I thought were two very early childhood memories probably are not actual memories, but I'm sure now that three memories from as early as age 3 are in fact genuine memories. It was fun to then analyze these three memories as I believe they are my earliest genuine childhood memories.

The book led me to realize that I had always reversed two key memories chronologically. I remembered picking up a hammer with the handle cut short and wrapped in duct tape so I could use it to "help" with a remodeling project when I was 3 or 4 years old. To this day I can remember how the duct tape felt, the weight of the hammer, and the plywood floor. I also remember crying in the bathroom after hitting my thumb with that hammer and turning my thumbnail black and blue. It was only after carefully examining the memories that I realized these are genuine memories and the the memory of picking up the hammer was after I left the bathroom and went back to work.

I also appreciated the idea of getting to know other people by talking about childhood memories. I got lucky and married a wonderful woman even without this concept but what a great tool it would have been for dating. I plan to ask my son about his earliest childhood memories and see if they can give me insights into him now.

I wish there had been more about how to interpret the memories, which is the reason for my four stars under "story", but there was enough. I realize that every person and every situation is different so there is no clear way to interpret memories without knowing much more of a person's story and thus the author relied on stories to make his point. I've moved on to listen to the "First Born Advantage" now. I highly recommend this book and am planning to buy it for my son.

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  • Charles
  • 14-10-09

fun

This is a guided walk down memory lane. very thought provoking, a little repetative. But fun none-the-less.

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  • Leigh
  • 19-12-16

Lacking in explanation and thought

What would have made What Your Childhood Memories Say About You better?

It was not very helpful or accurate. To generalized for the interruptions to be useful.

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  • Barbara Scott
  • 14-07-15

More hype than help

I approached this book looking for the wrong thing and I didn't get what I wanted. I expected more analysis and got more rehash anecdotes and marriage and parenting counseling. Not much that I could apply to me. On the other hand I now know the title and content of every book Dr. Leman ever wrote and possibly the slant of every presentation he ever gave.

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