The Psychology of a Nail Biter

Full disclosure: I’m a nail biter. As I read this article I felt as though somebody was journaling my thoughts. The psychology of nail biting fascinates me. So why do we do it and how do we stop?

Although it’s bluntly deemed a bad habit. It actually has a clinical name known as onychophagia. People prone to perfectionism are nail biters but the truth behind the behavior may surprise you It’s actually a body image condition.

It’s easily dismissed as a “nervous habit” but when you tap into the brain of a nail biter, you begin to understand why they do it. Goal oriented people in achieving a task completed? Maybe. Read the article and I kid you not – it’s the inner voice of a nail biter.

So what’s the trick to stop nail biting? Decide if your nail biting is a benign habit or a self-destruction behavior. If it’s the former – get some polish and a manicure kit and keep them fresh. If it’s the latest – talk to a professional.

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About Allie Beatty

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