Martin Mayman's early memories technique: Bridging the gap between personality assessment and psychotherapy

James Chris Fowler, M. J. Hilsenroth, L. Handler

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Abstract

In this article, we describe Martin Mayman's approach to early childhood memories as a projective technique, beginning with his scientific interest in learning theory, coupled with his interest in ego psychology and object relations theory. We describe Mayman's contributions to the use of the early memories technique to inform the psychotherapy process, tying assessment closely to psychotherapy and making assessment more useful in treatment. In this article, we describe a representative sample of research studies that demonstrate the reliability and validity of early memories, followed by case examples in which the early memories informed the therapy process, including issues of transference and countertransference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-32
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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