Pushing Out Bad Memories – NYTimes.com

A short article on the techniques the brain uses to ‘forget’: either block out a bad memory or recall a substitute memory.

Take the case of a fight with a loved one, said Roland Benoit, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England.

“You don’t want to think about it because you want to just go on with life,” Dr. Benoit said. “You can somehow push it out, or you could try to think of something else, like maybe that nice vacation to France you had together.”

I think the positive approach is likely more effective in the long-run.

Pushing Out Bad Memories – NYTimes.com.


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