Editorial: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Page
Department of Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Recently, I had the opportunity to see the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I was struck by the similarities between the lives of the characters in the movie and the situations editors, reviewers, and authors face in the manuscript development process. In the movie, people have the option of having the painful memories of past relationships systematically erased from their minds. The theory being that, if they can rid themselves of all of the images, feelings, and thoughts that haunt them from relationships gone bad (i.e., the spotless mind), then they can move forward in their lives and begin to live and love once again (i.e., the eternal sunshine). When I watched the movie, I was struck by the irony of the characters’ attempts to change or improve their lives by having all of the sorrow-ridden memories of these soured relationships removed from their psyches. Their anticipated eternal sunshine was soon replaced by their heart-felt longing to revisit or recapture some of the good that was lost with the bad.
Chenail, R. J. (2005). Editorial: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Page. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31 (2), 141-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01551.x