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The use of propranolol in dampening a person's memory: If you choose to rid yourself of your painful memories, will you continue to make the choices that put in motion the painful experience?

The use of propranolol in dampening a person's memory: If you choose to rid yourself of your painful memories, will you continue to make the choices that put in motion the painful experience?
  • People learn from mistakes

    Its definitely true that there are some memories that people have no benefit from holding on to; memories of war, rape, and general trauma can often be very damaging while providing little insight into life. However, the vast majority of painful memories people have can teach them something, and people forgetting so easily really does doom them to repeat their behavior.

  • No, the person will still learn that the memory was painful.

    No, the use of propanolol will not cause the person to continue to make choices that result in the painful experience, because although the person will feel less pain in the future, they will still remember having needed the propanolol and having suffered the painful experience. Having gone through the experience will still make the person risk-averse in the future. Also, many experiences are not intentional, or caused by the person's own behavior or choices.


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