Now his Observer column is no more I have to make do with snippets like these....
Barefoot Dr: What's the Best Way to Erase Painful Memories?
Barefoot Doctor: "Short of a lobotomy, there is no way to erase memories. Some people claim to be able to do it with hypnosis but if that's true it would be dangerous.
Painful memories need sitting with, accepting and forgiving until they no longer make you feel hurt. Erasing or suppressing them only makes the pain go underground and work its way to the surface again in a more insidious and harmful fashion until you agree to open your heart and forgive yourself, or whoever or whatever caused you the pain initially. That's what you call healing yourself."
I certainly have issues in this area!