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October 21, 2011

Hey Tygeress, Hey I am a picker too! I discovered this forum a few days ago and was relieved that I am not the only one. I pick my fingers and ears. Does your husband know the extent that you pick? My husband has started slapping my hands away when I start to pick my fingers. Maybe your husband and dad can keep you accountable. I hope that they are understanding. Have you tried to see a therapist about it? Just TALKING about it with the people on this forum and reading their stories has helped so much. Take courage. You are not alone. Surely this obsession that we have of picking can be broken. I have made some progress with mine but I know it is going to take time and determination.

October 23, 2011

Skinner, he has seen it & I told him after the fact of what I did recently when I got upset. He told me it's not good, & that I shouldn't do it. But that's it. Yesterday, I messed up. But that was yesterday....today I have done well at not picking so far. I am at a point where if I can make one trip to the bathroom without picking then that is an accomplishment for me. And when I'm home alone it's hard also. But, I have done well so far today. I awoke at 10am and it is now after 5pm & I haven't picked. So, I am proud of myself today!!!

October 26, 2011

ahhh, the most powerful person in my life who helped my compulsive scratching would put her hand on my hand and gently and lovingly tell me to stop. when i am frustrated with my kids scratching i push their hands away, they get frustrated at me for it, but they will also tell me to stop when i am scratching or picking. blessed beings they are. being held in love is so powerful, holding ourselves in love is essential to stopping the habits. shifting out of picking on ourselves. for years now, when i have been picking leg pimples i hold one of my dear friends in my heart and head as i am doing it... part of me is thinking to myself "what would jeremy think?" and i know the answer is that he would be gentle and loving, and tell me to stop. for me picking has been about feeling numb and wanting to feel something, and pain is so appealing. when i shift my thoughts around a bit, and put positive ones in instead i feel so much better, and when i touch my skin gently, and allow myself to feel the sensuality of that then i am empowered to stop hurting myself. love to you. i hope you find some power in your touch, trust your need to feel, and i hope you can find the space to fill up on good sensations rather than painful ones.