QUESTION: Can a person be a skin picking inside of the ears? For some time now, every now again I pick and scratch my ears, inside the crevases until the point they bleed.
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ANSWER: Picking is picking regardless of where. It can happen at any area. Sometimes the choice of area is a good clue, other times not. A woman who was frightened of relationships picked her breasts and pubic area for instance. Other times it can just be where the person had a mosquito bite, or acne. One person whose father did really sadistic and destructive ear cleaning. kept picking their ears themselves. Treatment is similar regardless of area: barriers and substitutes, feeling things in your heart so you don't have to feel it in your skin, and hypnosis and self-hypnosis.
Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA