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Out of sight, out of mind

Getting rid of physical remnants of painful experiences helps people heal: study


That first love note. A piece of jewelry. A photograph. Whatever physical remnants of a painful experience—a failed relationship, say—are haunting you, gather them up and put them out of sight. A series of four experiments by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that the act of boxing up items related to unpleasant events helps people get over their negative feelings. This exercise doesn’t just apply to relationship troubles, but any difficulty including work or financial matters. In their study, the researchers say that rather than packing up physical reminders, a person can also write about their problem, and then put that account into an envelope. They also say that this discovery may present an opportunity for the development of products and services that help people “enclose or take away memories” associated with tough times.

Rotman School of Management

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Out of sight, out of mind

  1. Scott Gilmore’s article “out of sight, out of mind” certainly hit me. I have visited Winnipeg few times and never gave race much of thought, simply because i am white and didn’t visit the North Side of the city. In other words i was blind and not caring, Also ashamed now for “looking down my nose”at the United States while being oblivious to our own problem with racial discrimination. Thank you for that article and thank you Macleans for bringing it to mine and hopefully every readers attention.