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Martin, P.A. (1959). One Type of Earliest Memory. Psychoanal Q., 28:73-77.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:73-77

One Type of Earliest Memory

Peter A. Martin, M.D.


Three patients, all of whom feared psychotic loss of self-control, presented what they described as 'earliest memories' of similar nature: the child is frightened by being held by his or her father over water, while the mother rebukes the father. Such an 'earliest memory' appears to warn us that the patient may be potentially psychotic. It is a fantasy of rebirth, in some ways comparable to certain 'earliest memories' collected by Freud.

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