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People often ask Christina, "What helped you stop pulling and picking? and, perhaps even more important, "How do you stay stopped?" While the tools and strategies that lead one person to recovery will not always work for another, in Pearls, Christina shares many small tools and shifts in perspective that helped her become aware of, and effectively eliminate, these unwanted People often ask Christina, "What helped you stop pulling and picking? and, perhaps even more important, "How do you stay stopped?" While the tools and strategies that lead one person to recovery will not always work for another, in Pearls, Christina shares many small tools and shifts in perspective that helped her become aware of, and effectively eliminate, these unwanted behaviors on a day-to-day basis. This is a simple - yet in practice, profound - collection of meditations and contemplations geared specifically toward giving the reader insight and experiential anchors in skin picking and hair pulling recovery. In an accessible, easy to understand language and with a delicate prose format, Christina shares the internal process that helped her overcome the colossal challenge of becoming aware of, reducing and eventually moving beyond, unwanted body-focused repetitive behaviors. At first deceptively elementary, this collection of meditations has many layers, deepening and taking on new meaning with one's own evolving experience of the path of recovery. This quote from a long-time sufferer says it all: "You've blazed a path I can follow. Every step may be my own but your courage is my guiding light." M.C. California


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People often ask Christina, "What helped you stop pulling and picking? and, perhaps even more important, "How do you stay stopped?" While the tools and strategies that lead one person to recovery will not always work for another, in Pearls, Christina shares many small tools and shifts in perspective that helped her become aware of, and effectively eliminate, these unwanted People often ask Christina, "What helped you stop pulling and picking? and, perhaps even more important, "How do you stay stopped?" While the tools and strategies that lead one person to recovery will not always work for another, in Pearls, Christina shares many small tools and shifts in perspective that helped her become aware of, and effectively eliminate, these unwanted behaviors on a day-to-day basis. This is a simple - yet in practice, profound - collection of meditations and contemplations geared specifically toward giving the reader insight and experiential anchors in skin picking and hair pulling recovery. In an accessible, easy to understand language and with a delicate prose format, Christina shares the internal process that helped her overcome the colossal challenge of becoming aware of, reducing and eventually moving beyond, unwanted body-focused repetitive behaviors. At first deceptively elementary, this collection of meditations has many layers, deepening and taking on new meaning with one's own evolving experience of the path of recovery. This quote from a long-time sufferer says it all: "You've blazed a path I can follow. Every step may be my own but your courage is my guiding light." M.C. California

31 review for Pearls: Meditations on recovery from hair pulling and skin picking

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bri Lamb

    I personally suffer from excoriation/skin picking, but this book is worth a read for those not only suffering from skin picking and hair pulling, but also those who struggle with or wish to practice mindfulness and balance in their lives.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura A. Barton

    Stories have a lot of power, especially the personal stories of real-life individuals that we can relate to. That is what I was hoping for when it came to Christina Pearson's book, especially considering she is the founder of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and because as I understood it, she was able to stop pulling and picking. When I picked up this book though, I came to find something different than I was expecting. Firstly, that this story wasn't going to be the narrative that I was exp Stories have a lot of power, especially the personal stories of real-life individuals that we can relate to. That is what I was hoping for when it came to Christina Pearson's book, especially considering she is the founder of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and because as I understood it, she was able to stop pulling and picking. When I picked up this book though, I came to find something different than I was expecting. Firstly, that this story wasn't going to be the narrative that I was expecting. Instead, the book is comprised of an introduction and then many poetry-formatted-type thoughts and ideas that share Pearson's story with us. While it wasn't quite the spelled out "this is what happened to me" story that I was expecting and that intrigued me, she does share with us the thought processes that have helped reshape how she feels about herself and her behaviours, which have ultimately helped change her life. Sometimes this poetry format works really well and other times it feels a little forced and out of place, but overall it's an interesting way to share with us what she thinks and feels. I also learned that Pearson hasn't necessarily stopped her behaviours entirely, but that she has learned and continues to learn how to live despite them. She can still lead her life to the fullest even with having these disorders, and that is how I feel about my own disorders. I wasn't expecting this connection but was pleased to see it there. It wasn't what I expected, but I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for some advice with these disorders. She doesn't shove it in your face and expect you to follow it, but instead shares a piece of herself with us in hopes of helping and I think she does a really great job of that. To conclude, here are a few of my favourite quotations from the book: "My disorder thrives in isolation -- my recovery grows in authentic communication." "I will be gentle with myself, as if I were a young child learning something for the first time." "I will give myself the support to recognize the effects of mt behaviour without berating myself."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alta Hayes

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  12. 5 out of 5

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