Painful memories

From Memory

Painful memories are often the hardest to forget. No matter how hard we are trying to shake them off, they leave permanent wrinkles in the fabric of our souls and keep coming back to our minds.

For years scientists were trying to discovered a magic drug that could ‘erase’ painful memories and help people deal with trauma.  What effect however that might have on us and our lives? As we learn to avoid dangerous situations by recalling moments of fear and pain, what will happen to all that learning once we get our bad memories erased or re-written?  How will our identities change if we no longer remember the things that have hurt us?

Interestingly enough, according to some recent research stressful events in life can be a contributing factor to developing dementia in later life. Could that be the nature’s way of easing the pain of bad memories?

From Why we need memory-altering drugs

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16 thoughts on “Painful memories

  1. melanie says:

    thanx for this excellent post, dear O… interesting, true & realistic…
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    I look forward to getting the magical medication able to ‘erase’ painful memories… another impossible dream as our brain is a real complicated maze.

  2. Very true. Have you ever read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry? It opens up many interesting topics on memory and life.

  3. katelon says:

    On my website there are several stress release techniques written up. One in particular, Frontal Occipital hold, is a simple technique that can be used by simply holding the points or taken step by step to help release the emotional charge on an event. It isn’t the memory that adversely affects our body, it is the emotional charge we have attached to that event, that not only affects our body but also sets us up to have that same emotional response to future stresses. By using the technique you release the emotional charge and wire your body/brain to be in choice iin the future.

  4. words4jp says:

    I have some memories I wish I could erase. They keep returning. And I wish they did not.

  5. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice post

    W R U all these days
    everything ok dear???

  6. aspenlinmer says:

    A very interesting idea. I would recommend “The Giver” too. It was a really interesting read. The idea of erasing bad memories was the point in “eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” (a movie) too…it had some interesting thoughts on the idea.


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