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im curious about what people think is the major component to this habit (overall and personally too, if you wish) specifically, is it OCD spectrum? is it more biochemical (a rush of endorphins- perhaps there is a chemical imbalance within)? an impulse control problem/addiction (like binge eating, kleptomania, compulsive gambling)? episodic and emotion based (like cutting which also gives endorphins)? habitual and unconscious (pick because its there- watching tv, reading, etc)? anxiety driven? depression driven? do people pick when things are going well too or only when stuff is troubling? How tied is it to your appearance? perfectionism? wihtout it wold you be a worthwile person? personally they all strike a chord with me except OCD which never quite seemed to fit right. and I had anorexia/bulimia for years and recently started binge eating (although my therapist seems skeptical) so I hate my appearance even without the skin.