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Is there a term for when memories, thoughts, regrets, etc., get stuck in your head the same way a song does? And more importantly, is there a way to get them to shut up?

I've got a few things in my mental closets that keep jumping out and shouting "Boo!" at me, and I really want them to bugger off. :P Suggestions (that don't involve drugs or alcohol, please) welcome.

-The Gneech


Oct. 7th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
A muse by any other name...
Writing usually does the trick. So does talking bout it. It's the same as those pesky "ideas" that won't leave people alone. They just need an outlet. It doesn't always work, but often helps.

There's also therapy. But as a psych major, I think that's a good idea for a lot of people.
Oct. 7th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: A muse by any other name...
I've done counseling before, with mixed results. It would help if it was a specific event, but it's a collection of various ones that pop back up again.

Oct. 7th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: A muse by any other name...
then maybe journaling, autobiography, etc might help.

Plus counseling is different than therapy (sort of). Therapy can be a safe place to talk about what's going on in your head. Counseling is usually geared toward resolving a specific problem. Also, some counselors haven't been trained or educated, but are allowed to claim counselor if they choose. I could claim it and be legitimately a counselor, without certifications. It's all about who you go to and speak with. And what your expectations are.
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Re: A muse by any other name...
Writing it down sometimes helps. When something seems really important, my brain keeps bringing it up because it doesn't want me to forget it (even if I really, really do not want to remember it k thx). If I write it down, my brain can go "Oh, okay, that's written down now so it won't get lost. I don't need to make sure it's memorized any more."

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