I have to agree. Deleting long term memories would be catastrophic. The only time I can think of to use that would be recent adult victims of violent
crimes (personalities already fully developed) and maybe, and I mean maybe, children who have witnessed or been victims of violent crimes or abuse
(not fully formed personalities). Removing "fear" is extremely dangerous. Fear is an evolutionary adaptation to keep us alive. It is necessary to know
fear for things as simple as knowing to look both ways for traffic before crossing a street. Anxiety is normal & necessary to help us not to act
foolishly. Overly anxious people & people with what they call "irrational fears or anxieties" who haven't been exposed to violence or other life
changing situations, would not be improved by removing memories. There wouldn't be a memory to remove.
As to PTSD, I understand why some think it would be a good idea. But, how do they find THE memory or memories causing the flashbacks, anxieties,
anger, outbursts, etc... without also removing the important associated things like the brotherhood of the squad, pride in a job well done, perhaps a
life saved, etc... The good is intertwined with the bad. Without the good, the soldier may loose his sense of purpose & become suicidal or without the
bonding experience, he might never be able to bond & thereby, loose his marriage or be able to keep a job & becomes yet another homeless veteran.
Perhaps, if the memory is in the short term portion of the brain, they could block it from long term memory or remove it. It may turn out that PTSD is
caused by short term memories failing to process & convert to long term memory and simply by having them as the dominant memory (short term current
memory), the patients are much more affected by them.
Without years of study, practice & refinement, I'll keep by bad memories that helped make me who I am. I made a conscious decision to not be racist as
parts of my family. I made a conscious decision to be kind always after being a victim of abuse. I made a conscious decision to never give up on my
marriage as both of us watched all the marriages around us fall apart or just be given up on. Without the bad, there is no good by comparison.
Yes, I have irrational fears (heights, bridges, tunnels, claustrophobia, anything that could be considered an authority figure) as a result of my
upbringing & life lessons so far but without them, I'm not me. Yes, these irrational fears are sometimes disruptive in my life and sometimes there's
some pharmaceuticals involved but the bad memories help keep me on the straight and narrow. I don't think I'd give them up.
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