Sentient: To put it simply, there are no normal people.
halotosis: Yeah, that's kind of along my line of thinking. Nail biting is a natural way of trimming your nails down. Nail trimmers do not exist in the wilderness. For farks sake, my cats chew on their claws all day long to keep them short.
JackieRabbit: When I read this BS, I almost laughed. Nail biting is not a form of OCD; it's a mindless habit and nothing more. I used to bite my nails. I did it for decades. I wanted to stop, so I asked a gay friend, who used to bite his nails (and other things, too!) how he had beaten the habit. He said to simple start getting manicures and I'd stop on either the first or second one. He was correct. It was that simple.
Kellner21: One of the neatest things I got out of it was the feeling of my nails being longer than my fingertips. And being able to actually use my fingernails. Scratching is cool!!
Nogale: Try investing in a pair of manicure scissors.
JackieRabbit: No and neither does the APA. They have absolutely no basis for lumping nail-biting in with OCD. But then the APA's real purpose is to make everyone a mental/psychiatric patient. They don't get much respect from other medial colleges and association. They do ridiculous things like this every time they update the DSM.
CapeFearCadaver: HairBolus: When I was maybe 6 my mother bought some advertised fluid to paint on my nails to stop nail biting (I don't think I was a bad case but more a victim of advertising).Anyway it had hot pepper essence in it which was supposed to keep me from sticking my fingers in my mouth. Instead it made me like spicy food.Ha, the pepper crap. I had a friend down the street when I was growing up who would not stop sucking her thumb... her parents tried the whole spectrum of crap to put on her thumb so she'd stop, nothing worked.They finally had an orthodontist apply this contraption on the roof of her mouth that had these spikes, like 7-8 of them, downwards from a bar attached right to the top. It was supposed to not be long enough to do damage to her tongue while painful enough to stick her thumb in there.We were playing one afternoon on her trampoline, she fell face first, the spikes went right into her tongue and a couple of them bent from the pressure from her jaw and so it was stuck in there. I remember hearing my parents a couple days later discussing it saying the mom was pissed because the emergency doctor told her she was a stupid git for putting that contraption in her 6 year old daughter's mouth because of something as silly as thumb sucking.
GBB: ok, what about biting the skin around the nail?? What's up with that???
otto the bull: I keep my nails bitten down to the quick so I can dig deep into my nose without any damage.
cgraves67: I do all the the neurotic behaviors described in the article. I bite my nails, I pull hair, and I pick at my skin. It's really not healthy. I can't grow a beard because if I do, then I can't help but fuss at it and pull loose hairs and then it gets all thin and ugly. I have pock marks all over my face because I couldn't help but pick at my acne when I was young.
Aidan: JackieRabbit: When I read this BS, I almost laughed. Nail biting is not a form of OCD; it's a mindless habit and nothing more. I used to bite my nails. I did it for decades. I wanted to stop, so I asked a gay friend, who used to bite his nails (and other things, too!) how he had beaten the habit. He said to simple start getting manicures and I'd stop on either the first or second one. He was correct. It was that simple.I think for some it IS OCD. I have various habits that I seem to rotate. Nail biting. Playing with my hair. Pulling my eyelashes. Scratching my ears. It's one of the reasons I don't wear makeup. It'd be yet another thing to pick at. I assume it's all due to my personality. For others, I suspect it's much easier to quit.
WeenerGord: cryinoutloud: Yes, my son is neurotic, although he's getting better. But his father not only...etc etcOut of all the guys you could have picked to breed with, you chose that?
Walker: I used to bite my nails when I was a teenager, then one day they tasted bad and I was like "What could that taste be? Think of all the gross stuff that could be beneath your fingernails. Your poop, gross stuff from other people, etc." I immediately stopped and haven't done it since. Gross habit.
Pocket Ninja: nihilestnefaspermeism
dericwater: Used to bite my nails in high school and early years of college. Some hottie co-ed in college said it was a bad habit. Quit on the spot./Didn't get hottie, still.
jaylectricity: I'll bite my nails if they get really long, but it's never been a nervous habit, and only on accident have I ever bit off more than I could chew.
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