In Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” movie, at the end of the movie the main character shaves his eyebrows and chest hair off in the middle of a crazy drug binge. Didn’t think that much of it, but then I heard something from another source indicated the shaved eyebrows as a sign of insanity. It was one of those “…and you know what THAT means” type of comments. I don’t remember where I heard or read it though, so I don’t have a source for it.
So, my question is, does shaving your eyebrows, or having a desire to shave them, a sign of insanity? If it is, what about women who pluck their eyebrows out and pencil them back in (it NEVER looks better than it did before, ladies)? Are they insane too, or just mildly demented (a form of ocd maybe)?
I too have never heard of this being associated with mental illness. I guess making some sudden, dramatic change to one’s appearance that runs counter to social norms can be a sign that the person is having problems (think Britney Spears and her head-shaving incident), but that’s not specific to the eyebrows.
The big downside to eyebrow shaving is that sweat and oil from the person’s forehead/hair will run into their eyes. I figure that must be pretty annoying, but doesn’t seem destructive enough to indicate a serious problem on the part of the shaver.
I have heard of shaved eyebrows being a sign of membership in a gang, but not totally shaved ones – the gang members supposedly shave lines into their brows.