Want to stop nail biting? You’ve probably tried it before and failed – it’s easy to make the decision to stop doing it, but once you attempt to do so, you will find what you’re up against – it’s almost like somebody else is biting the nails because you never notice when you do it. It’s something that happens “automatically”, you’re not aware of it when you do it – maybe sometimes you catch yourself doing it, but most of the time “it just happens”. The reason for that is simply that it is a subconscious behavior pattern. It’s something that is out of your conscious control.
Nail biting is not simply a bad habit – it’s in fact a medical condition called onychophagia. Now, don’t go running to your doctor for onychophagia pills – it’s not that kind of medical condition.
Why should you stop nail biting?
Maybe you’re concerned about what other people think when they see you biting your nails. And you’ve probably already received well-meaning advice from different people on how to stop biting your finger nails.
Apart of that – nail biting addiction can really make your finger nails look ugly. It’s not uncommon to end up with deformed finger nails, sore fingertips, bleeding cuticles, and other problems. Also, since your fingers pretty much have the most contact with the environment, every time you bite your nails it’s like an invasion of foreign bacteria and viruses into your system and can cause infections and diseases, or weaken your overall immune system and energy levels.
Sometimes onychophagia can get so bad that it turns into an obsessive compulsive behavior, and some people are not aware at all of the fact that they bite their nails, even when they are already biting their fingers. I’m sure you don’t want to end up eating your own flesh, so the sooner you find a treatment for nail biting, the better.
So the question you’re probably asking is:
How To Stop Biting My Nails?
There are different ways. One of the most common things people try is to use some kind of nail polish that has a very bitter taste to it. This is a nice idea, however, in reality it seldomly works, and if it does, it takes a lot of time because you have to “re-learn” a deeply ingrained behavior pattern.
Habit Rehearsal Training is a form of therapy where patients are trained to change their habits. However, the downside of this is that it often has to be used with psychiatric drugs, is extremely expensive and usually takes several months of regular psychotherapy sessions. One of the dangers is that the psychiatric drugs can actually have a very negative long-term effect on the well-being of your psyche.
Nail biting hypnosis can be one of the best solutions. You don’t even need to see a hypnotist – just get a professional hypnosis recording that you can listen to before you go to bed or during the day when you have free time to relax. It’s an effective nail biting remedy because it allows you to directly communicate with the subconscious mind, that is in charge of the nail biting.