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By Betty Vanderwielen

Pulling your hair out

Funky Phrases


August 13, 2020

Public Domain

A pattern of incomplete hair loss on the scalp of a person with trichotillomania.

The phrase "that just makes me want to pull my hair out" has origins that go back to Egypt and Greece and the Christian Bible, but probably has most connection to an obsessive/compulsive syndrome disorder.

In ancient Egypt, hair pulling was a customary part of a funeral ritual. A sculpture relief in Gizah clearly shows a man holding his arms up and pulling his hair in two opposite directions. Other reliefs and paintings show women in funeral processions plucking hairs from the top of their heads.

In some countries, that practice has carried into modern times. A 2017 news report in "Interna...

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kbee1987 writes:

Yikes this article has a lot of inaccuracies in it. I suggest the writer do a better job at researching a topic before they write about it. Thanks


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