Trichotillomania ("Trich") is a condition where the sufferer pulls
out their hair until they are bald (or nearly so). An estimated 6
million suffer from this condition.
Trich is officially considered a "body focus disorder" (similar to
extreme nail biting or skin picking). I consider it to be
(since it is triggered by past life trauma) or
(since it is obsessive behavior). There
are two levels of Trichotillomania. One, where the individual
pulls their hair out by the roots and two, where the individual
cuts their hair so that it intentionally looks unattractive.
It was guilt and shame in past lives that is the most responsible
for the development of Trichotillomania. In both monasteries and
convents, inmates were encouraged to remove their hair to show their
love for God. Hair was considered to be a vanity, especially in
women, good only for luring people into having sexual intercourse.
By removing their hair, the person proved their devotion to their
Ingrained by Praise:
Since hair pulling was rewarded with
praise (in an environment where the person was routinely criticized,
humiliated, and degraded), the positive energy of praise helped to
ingrain the Trich. People did it over and over again just to receive
the smallest bit of love and get a break from non-stop abuse.
Ingrained by Food:
Since hair pulling was rewarded with food
(in an environment when starving was the most common experience), the
positive reinforcement of being fed helped to ingrain the Trich. At
times, food would be withheld until hair was removed, making the pull
of Trich even more irresistible.
Ingrained by Attention:
Often, in large religious houses, all
activities were performed in silence. The only interaction and conversation
some people had were with those who inspected their hair pulling and
commented on it. So Trich became a means of attracting the attention
of others even if it ended up being painful.
Ingrained by Focus:
Like most Self Mutilation activities, the
intense focus on it brings the individual relief from the pressures and
crises of the moment. They become lost inside the activity of hair
pulling and block out absolutely everything else. This gives them
relief from their otherwise non-stop stressful life.
As the documentary "Bad Hair Life" shows, Trichotillomania evokes deep
feelings of guilt and shame in those who do it. Those who have Trich
describe their "compulsion" this way: "I don't understand why I pull my
hair out. It's not my fault. I don't do it on purpose. If I could stop
it, I would."
Although medicine believes that Trichotillomania is caused by a "grooming
gene gone berserk", medicine offers no cure, only management of symptoms
(using anti-depressants, behavior modification, or both). As with most
diseases of past life karma, Trich symptoms will not stay managed forever...
and the "relentless, uncontrollable urge to pull hair" will resurface...
sooner or later.
Trich is a deeply ingrained problem in those who practiced it for lifetime(s).
If one was an inmate in these hair pulling religious orders, their hair would
have to be removed constantly. If they failed to do it themselves... they
would be beaten and their hair would be forcibly removed for them. So people
would get into a habit of pulling out their hair whether they wanted to do
so or not.
Where the pattern of pulling hair became deeply ingrained in past lives,
past life healing can break the thought patterns which underlie the Trich.
Best of all, it is more effective and less expensive than
the modern "drug 'em up" alternatives.
When the life lesson associated with Trich has been fully learned and "absorbed"
into the person's body-mind, the "disempowering" trait or behavior will fall
away. Often all that is needed is for the individual to confront the past life(s)
where the Trich originated. Going back to the past via past life healing can
help to break the pattern driving the "relentless, uncontrollable urge to pull hair."
Trich sufferers come from all walks of life. Many times they are the
people that you would be least likely to suspect of this behavior.
Trichotillomania sufferers quickly become very expert at inflicting and then
concealing their wounds so that the pattern of self abuse can continue
indefinitely. The only visible clue to their condition is that they wear wigs
because they need to conceal that they have picked their heads clean of hair.