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I am delighted to find a community of such friendly supportive people! Thanks for being here to share and give advice.
I have been skin-picking on-and-off since my teen years, and the other day I had a thought about the origins of this, and wanted to share it to see if it sounds reasonable to anyone else: A friend of mine works with rescue animals, and he says that birds will pull out their own feathers or peck at themselves when they are in captivity, especially if they are crowded in with other birds. Maybe people do the same thing - that is, do we pick when we feel imprisoned or encroached on by other people? I did notice that when I moved out of my parents' house, I didn't really pick at all. So maybe there is some truth in this. I am not a psychologist, so maybe I'm totally wrong, but it sounds like picking could be a response to feeling imprisoned.
Please share your views on this - I'd be delighted to hear if it makes sense to you!