Like someone mentioned in an earlier post, I remember how I thought pre-verbally.... <snip> I've never met anyone else who remembers those thought/feelings of infancy. I guess very few can remember that time in their lives. It's really very wonderful.
I remember thinking pre-verbally very well, as I was a late talker and didn't really use language until I was 4 or so. I thought visually and my interest in words was (and remains) visual in nature.
I am well-aware that memories so far in the mists of time can be corrupted, influenced by others, and otherwise distorted. I have many other "memories," or pseudo-memories, from that time which I am pretty sure are not genuine. Like a memory of being upset at a tiny puppy eating his way inside an Alpo can. That event happened when I was 1. But am I really remembering being disturbed at looking at a photo of this event, which happened many years later? I have a memory of when I was 1 of my mom coming home and showing me astronauts on the moon on television. I am also pretty sure this is not a real memory, because it is not first-person (I see myself in the memory), and because the house totally looked different in the memory than how it really was. The earthquake memory is different because it contains details (like the floor-boards) that are accurate of only the time when the event happened, as the house became carpeted just months later, and we then moved away the next year (just after I turned 2), and my memory is definitely first-person and also is something I remembered nightmarishly for years. But it also has been thoroughly corrupted and encrusted with embellishments. I have about over a hundred different memories from when I was 4-6, and I am very sure most of these are genuine -- though distorted through the passage of time. I was able to verify many things from my visit to Atlanta. For instance, I have a very vague memory of a fire occuring in a building on a particular street that had a grassy hill on the opposite side, and watching it while sitting on that hill. I talked to some oldtimers in the town and they confirmed that such a fire did occur there in 1975. Many of my early memories are dreams too. I recall about 6 or 7 dreams I had before I was 7 years old.