A new pill will be able to reduce future anxiety associated with painful memories.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, is one of the most brilliant love stories ever. The '04 flick tells the story of Joel and Clementine, a couple who go through a painful break-up and end up having a procedure done that "erases" memories of their time together. Definitely something anyone who has ever been through a rough split may have fantasized about! And in the next 10 years, it may be something people can actually do. Crazy!
The gist: University of Leicester researchers identified a protein called lipocalin-2 that the brain produces in response to stress. Lipocalin-2 reduces junctions that brain cells use called "mushroom spines," which help us remember things we once learned. By artificially bumping up the level of the protein, the scientists say they can reduce future anxiety associated with painful memories. The Stir: Would You Let Your Man Kiss Another Man?
Seems like the kinda thing that would be great for people suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, but to help you recover from a break-up? HORRIBLE idea! I'm sure it would be really tempting for people to use this future drug in that way, but to do so would be a ginormous mistake.
Break-ups, no matter how painful, shape who we are as people and who we are in our relationships. Even bad dates matter! I admit, there are definitely some memories of dates and men I have wished I could completely wipe away FOREVER. Even now, just thinking back to those experiences makes me cringe. But would I take a pill to actually eliminate them from my brain? Never. I am who I am today, because I went through those cringe-worthy times. I know myself better, because of those nerve-wracking, upsetting, or painful circumstances. And I believe I am happier now in many ways, because of the path I took.
Written by Maressa Brown for The Stir. Read more at The Stir: A Pill That Helps You Forget Your Breakup Is Bad News
Would you ever take a pill to erase memories of a bad or stressful break-up?
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