How can one get rid of his/her memories, either bad or good ones? Is there any way to forget a happening in the past?
Memory is not under one's direct control. (In this respect, it'slike belief: see Question 142 .) I can't force myself to forget what I hadfor breakfast yesterday. In fact, the more I try to do that, the morelikely it is I will remember what I had! Perhaps that does provide somekind of answer though: for the more one explicitly recalls a particularevent, the longer and better one remembers it. (At least, that's truefor me.) So, while one can't directly compel oneself to forget, one cando things that might make it more likely that one will forget, like nottalking or thinking about the event.