Is it possible to avoid unwanted thoughts?

After a breakup, you might think you’re doing fine until you pass that street corner or run into a mutual friend or hear a certain love song on the radio. No matter how much you’d like to stop thinking about that person, everything is a reminder of the relationship. Without erasing entire chunks of your memory, like Jim Carrey’s character in the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” is it possible to banish unwanted thoughts?

The short answer is: maybe. But whether it is appropriate to do so in the long run is more complicated.

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