Looks like the science-fiction world from the 2004 film The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet) is actually not so far off. In that movie, a pair of ex-lovers choose to have the painful memories of their relationship to one another erased from their mind.
And now researchers here in Brooklyn seem to be taking even more steps to truly accomplishing such a feat. These neuro-scientists have been using an experimental drug (in rats) to block the pathway of a component that helps the brain retain memory. Eventually the scientists aren't hoping that their research will have implications in the fields of trauma, addiction, and maybe even just some pretty bad habits. I can certainly imagine that for sufferers of serious trauma and debilitating addiction, this might be a serious God-send.
While this brave new world of science is still quite far away from being available, I'm wondering if there's anything you'd jump at the chance to jettison from your memory. A mishap with a bicycle that left you afraid to ever pedal again? A childhood run-in with a snarling dog? The scary sounds of your parents fighting when you were a small child?
Me, I think I'll keep all my memories—the good, the bad, and even the really ugly—and I'd see if they perhaps could do something about my fondness for certain deep fried foods as well as sugary snacks.
What would you remove from your memory bank, if you had the chance? Anything?