Memory from Seven Psychological Perspectives

An examination of a memory from seven psychological perspectives.

This paper analyzes a memory of this writer’s first communion in relation to seven psychological perspectives. The paper aims to investigate what exactly is remembered from an important occasion in the life of a child, and why certain features of an occasion stand out in that memory. The paper demonstrates why all these different perspectives are necessary to understand and interpret a memory.
My personal memory is of my first communion. I was eight years old. I remember the points about what preceded, what happened during, and after the communion. I recall the preparation for the event, the prayers, teachings about Jesus, and the Commandments. The details of my hair and my white dress with its sequins and pearls are very vivid memories. I also remember all the details of the ceremony, and the fact that all eyes were upon us. I felt united with the congregation and with everyone who shared the same faith. The celebration afterwards is very clear in my mind. The food and music are strong memories, as was the joy of being given many gifts.
The first, and one of the most important perspectives which explains my vivid memories of this event, is the pyschodynamic perspective. The psychodynamic approach suggests that human behavior is the result of a complex interplay of psychological processes, both conscious and unconscious (Price, 1982, p. 14). Many factors were operating on me at the time, and I only was conscious of several of them. I was the center of attention at that moment. Even though I was not the only child, I was dressed in many ways like a bride.”