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(NPR)   Is nail biting a bad habit, or is it a mental disorder?   (npr.org) divider line 41
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2012-10-01 11:39:13 AM
9 votes:

oldernell: I got over my nail biting by switching to tacks.


Must be an Obama supporter. That's their solution to everything - tacks,tacks, tacks.
2012-10-01 12:38:04 PM
3 votes:

Pocket Ninja: nihilestnefaspermeism


This is already indexed on Google and links back to your comment.

O_O
2012-10-01 01:59:23 PM
2 votes:

letrole: Nail Biting is a Learned Behaviour.


I learned it by watching you, dad! Okay? It was you!
2012-10-01 12:57:28 PM
2 votes:
I keep my nails bitten down to the quick so I can dig deep into my nose without any damage.
2012-10-01 12:26:23 PM
2 votes:
for all y'all that quit, I just bit all of my nails twice...and a couple cuticles.
2012-10-01 11:32:17 AM
2 votes:
It IS a mental disorder, and wil WILL make a pill for it.

/Ask your doctor if Nailbitinol is right for you.
2012-10-01 10:53:11 AM
2 votes:
I used to bite my nails. Then I stopped

/this in no way implies that I don't have a mental disorder
2012-10-01 09:09:13 AM
2 votes:
I'm actually looking forward to the next edition of the DSM, which is expected to finally -- finally! -- officially recognize nihilestnefaspermeism. After years upon years of forcing the poor people who often don't even understand the extent to which they suffer from this insidious affliction to live unacknowledged, unsupported, alone (so to speak) in the wilderness, it's about damn time. Have faith, my friends, for the help you did not know you needed is on its way. Soon, I promise.
2012-10-01 04:24:48 PM
1 votes:
I'm a picker,

I'm a plucker

A midnight thumb-sucker

/all true, sadly
2012-10-01 02:12:00 PM
1 votes:

HAMMERTOE: This is only the first step towards curing those infernal pillow-biters.


If you would stop banging me so hard, I wouldn't be biting the pillow. Now would I?
2012-10-01 02:02:50 PM
1 votes:
This is only the first step towards curing those infernal pillow-biters.
2012-10-01 02:01:32 PM
1 votes:

JackieRabbit: spacelord321: 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.

Yeah...but now you're gay.

/I keed!
//good friend of mine is a nailbiter
///definately OCD related in her case

It's only gay if you get the manicure//manscaping/blow job package special from Sven, Lance or Steve. Actually, I don't get a manicure very often, since I don't want to be bothered. Once upon a time, most barber shops had a manicurist, but not any more.


Man, I've been going to the wrong beauty parlors.
2012-10-01 01:27:54 PM
1 votes:

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.


Holy crap. Was this orthodontist a former Nazi or something?
2012-10-01 01:04:59 PM
1 votes:
Nail biting is normal behavior in Primates. Most mammals use their incisors to groom, in fact.

Stop pathologizing my mammalian ancestry!
2012-10-01 01:02:05 PM
1 votes:

otto the bull: I keep my nails bitten down to the quick so I can dig deep into my nose without any damage.


How do you get the boogers out without a nail to 'shovel' with?
2012-10-01 12:59:47 PM
1 votes:

JackieRabbit: such as there has to be an exact number of lashes or that the lashes have to be plucked at a certain time of day, without fail.



Time for Wapner
2012-10-01 12:59:37 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-01 12:57:27 PM
1 votes:

brainitch: karmaceutical
Is this in the same spectrum as deep butt scratching?

If you are doing this, please wash your hands before biting your nails!


No no... I don't bite my nails. That is gross.
2012-10-01 12:55:37 PM
1 votes:

Mitch Taylor's Bro: I bite my nails and finger your wife, so I'm really getting a kick...


As you (and I'm sure most farkers) know...she hates the long nails when getting fingered.
2012-10-01 12:54:46 PM
1 votes:
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If you keep eating your hand, you won't be hungry for lunch.
2012-10-01 12:47:31 PM
1 votes:

Cythraul: 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.

Your poop? Just how close are you getting your fingers to your poop hole when you wipe? I like to get a huge hand full of toilet paper so my fingers are at least 6 inches away from the business end when I wipe. So what if I have to buy toilet paper every two days?


If fold it correctly, you only need one piece. The tough part is keeping the corners sharp, for the detail work.
2012-10-01 12:46:19 PM
1 votes:

Cythraul: 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.

Your poop? Just how close are you getting your fingers to your poop hole when you wipe? I like to get a huge hand full of toilet paper so my fingers are at least 6 inches away from the business end when I wipe. So what if I have to buy toilet paper every two days?



You can buy latex gloves by the hundreds to use on your hand when you wipe. then you only have to worry about the asbestos in the talcum on the gloves
2012-10-01 12:43:24 PM
1 votes:

rocketpants: Pocket Ninja: nihilestnefaspermeism

This is already indexed on Google and links back to your comment.

O_O


yeah, obviously a made up word, which I am guessing references killing sperm via bunk sessions, amirite?
2012-10-01 12:39:09 PM
1 votes:

cryinoutloud: Yes, my son is neurotic, although he's getting better. But his father not only...etc etc



Out of all the guys you could have picked to breed with, you chose that?
2012-10-01 12:32:27 PM
1 votes:

Sentient: To put it simply, there are no normal people.


They'll eventually make a drug for that too.
2012-10-01 12:26:55 PM
1 votes:

spacelord321: 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.

Yeah...but now you're gay.

/I keed!
//good friend of mine is a nailbiter
///definately OCD related in her case


It's only gay if you get the manicure//manscaping/blow job package special from Sven, Lance or Steve. Actually, I don't get a manicure very often, since I don't want to be bothered. Once upon a time, most barber shops had a manicurist, but not any more.
2012-10-01 12:25:03 PM
1 votes:

The Wizard of Frobozz: 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.

Kinda the same here. I bite my nails because I'm too lazy to use the nail clippers. I only bite them when they get long enough to impede typing, musical instrument playing, or fingering my wife.

Sorry if that last one was TMI.


I bite my nails and finger your wife, so I'm really getting a kick...
2012-10-01 12:23:04 PM
1 votes:

super_grass: It IS a mental disorder, and wil WILL make a pill for it.

/Ask your doctor if Nailbitinol is right for you.


Wheaton? Really?

/wow, that farkin guy does everything!
2012-10-01 12:09:38 PM
1 votes:

bborchar: I bit my nails until I was 21...then I decided to stop. I did stop, cold turkey, for 5 years. I loved manicuringmasturbating my nails, and kept them very nice. Then I had my daughter, and my lovely manicured nails scratched her very delicate skin...so I bit them off. And I've kept them bit down ever since, because I have neither the time nor the money to manicure my nails anymore. I also twig my hair. Oh, well. No, I don't want my children to do it, but I don't think it's necessarily a learned behavior. My daughter has been twigging her hair since she had the ability to control her hands enough to twig it. As long as it doesn't interfere with everyday life or cause health problems, I don't see the harm.


apostates.weebly.com
2012-10-01 12:03:28 PM
1 votes:
I used to be a nail biter, but now I'm down to only chewing on them when I have a jagged edge and no file or clippers handy. Nail polish is supposed to help people stop, but all it did for me was make my nails taste weird and coated my teeth in paint chips.
2012-10-01 11:58:03 AM
1 votes:
Only if you can hear your nails scream when you bite them.
2012-10-01 11:56:12 AM
1 votes:
Is this in the same spectrum as deep butt scratching?
2012-10-01 11:53:13 AM
1 votes:
Is it pledge week already?
2012-10-01 11:47:07 AM
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

"If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters."

/yes that's right - nail biting is the moral equivalent of bestiality
//nail biter
2012-10-01 11:43:22 AM
1 votes:
Mine or other people's?
2012-10-01 11:41:44 AM
1 votes:
My older brother still bites his nails and he's in his forties. A bit weird, but not OCD.

He also chews on the skin around both index fingers and thumbs, and I'm pretty sure he tastes his own ear-wax. He also votes conservative. OCD?
2012-10-01 11:41:03 AM
1 votes:
Finger nalis or toe nails?
2012-10-01 10:50:26 AM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-01 10:13:52 AM
1 votes:
A new version is coming out early next year, and it puts pathological grooming in the same category as another disorder you've probably heard of: obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

What, they never considered this OCD behavior? Really?

/besides, nail biting chips your teeth
//so stop it!
2012-10-01 09:57:22 AM
1 votes:
I got over my nail biting by switching to tacks.
2012-10-01 09:15:32 AM
1 votes:
I have something similar to a nail biting habit. I don't know if it's a mild mental disorder, or a sign of something more significant in the ways of psychological pathology, but I know I'd probably be happier ifs soas dma s s...sdas s

Oh, sorry, I was just chewing on my fingers again.
 
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