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Do you remember what you want to forget?

When a negative situation stays for too long, it can leave one overwhelmed in a way that the person seems to be addicted to negativity or develops a habit of ruminating. Even when an individual has made a conscious thought to not pay heed to it, it keeps coming back.

Why is it that we end up remembering what we want to forget?

Can we exercise influence on our memory to intentionally forget things that only serve to disturb us?