book review: “Pearls: meditations on recovery from hair pulling & skin picking”

“Let me touch, so very gently, your aching, balding, bleeding scalp, and release the shaming, binding ties.” So begins Christina Pearson’s heartfelt and poetic book Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking. Further into the opening poem: “Your wounded, punctured, mottled skin, Endless landscape of hypnotic entrapment” … “Let me ease your…

Beyond acceptance. Learning to love ourselves and the things (like skin picking) that we don’t love.

Someone in my writing group gave me a far-out book to read. Called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How my Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death, it was fascinating and beautiful and prodded me to think about things in a different way. The book was written by a woman whose older brother…

Release stuck stress

Ah, the stress of modern life. Do you notice how it manifests in your body and causes you to have greater urges to pick your skin, pull your hair or bite your nails? Very often physical or emotional stress triggers the tendon guard reflex, whose purpose is to ready us to fight, freeze or flight…