I am formed by my experiences, the good and the bad. If I eliminate the bad experiences, then I eliminate a part of who I am. I remove a part of what I’ve done with my life. In these cases, people were freed from memories of betrayals… which could potentially leave them open to other betrayals, scams, and manipulations. Not a good approach.

Researchers are working on ways to edit memories — to make the intolerable bearable — by, say, blocking the synaptic changes needed for a memory to solidify