The experience of color in early recollections occurs only with a minority of persons. The meaning of color to these individuals is often life-orienting and personally enriching. The "color-minded" remind all people of the vitality and wonder of color as a human endowment.
People with an orientation to particular senses serve to remind us all how an attunement to sensory experiences contributes to vitality in living and an appreciation of our sensory endowments. How we experience the senses in early recollections relates to the uniqueness of individuals and their capacity for revealing glimpses into human nature.
In her Psychology Today post, Lynne Soraya recently responded to my Psychology Today blog post that I wrote on the sparse and prosaic qualities of early recollections. In my experience using early recollections as a projective technique, most people are able to recall three or four remembrances, but then begin to have difficulty retrieving more memories.
For forty years, I have studied and utilized early recollections as a personality appraisal tool. As a graduate student in the 1970’s, I was introduced to the projective technique in a Theories of Counseling class focusing on the work of Alfred Adler. Through a class activity, I explored one of my first remembrances, and have been hooked on the procedure ever since.