Suppress Your Horrible Childhood Memories

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

Through movies and other forms of popular culture, everybody knows that suppressing memories of tragedies is bad for your mental health. Completely unbeknownst to you, those tragic images that are buried deep inside your unconscious can fester for years — decades even — affecting everything from your behavior to your innermost thoughts.

Or maybe not. New research published in PNAS suggests that this commonly held belief from pop psychology may not actually be true. Continue reading