IT'S a convention of Freudian psychiatry that you mustn't repress painful memories or they'll come oot another way, perhaps in your eye twitching when anyone says "turnip".
I'm not an adherent of this theory. You say: "How no'?" I'll tell you how no', I mean why not. It's because in biographical accounts of sound persons one often reads that they simply buried bad memories and carried on regardless. Unfortunately, I can't remember who these people are, as it's a long time since I read a book, but you'll just have to take my word for it.
My exegesis doesn't concern these unremembered notables as such but is more a plea for the yeomanry not to obsess over bad memories. Running them over repeatedly in your heid lowers the morale. Get rid. Flatten them. Use the Paul McKenna method: visualise them then shrink them away to nothing.
I witter thus in the wake of a study by psychologists at St Andrews Yooni which showed that citizens could be train to forget bad memories. One boffin ululated: "The capacity to engage in this kind of intentional forgetting may be critical to our ability to maintain coherent images about who we are and what we are like."
That's just what I was thinking. One thing I'd like to forget is a movie called the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It sounded promising as it involved having emotionally upsetting memories erased.
Alas, the first time I saw it I'd had a vase of whisky beforehand, and dozed off as soon as the lights went down. The second time, I remained distressingly awake and realised I understood the film better the first time. However, even as we speak, I'm taking Jim Carrey's face and shrinking it away to nothing. And now I feel a new man. Until someone says "turnip".
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