Biting your nails is viewed as an unpleasant and annoying habit. As a general rule, it begins during the early school years and then stops during late adolescence. An unfortunate few persist with this habit into adulthood causing actual damage to their fingers: making use of it as a crutch to take care of anxiety attacks or other underlying issues. A hypnotic approach is commonly used to help those fighting with this destructive behavioural pattern.
What is classed as a problematic behaviour?
A habit is generally a behavioural pattern that reoccurs by itself without us having to think about it. It’s something we gain by repeatedly repeating a specific behaviour. Habits are really easy to develop and also extremely difficult to break. The habit is only a bad one once it is harming us for some reason either physically or emotionally.
Some of us smoke, some of us spend hours on on-line games and others comfort eat. As soon as action happens without conscious thought or effort, that’s when it has changed into a habit. Such as, you may only realise you put your fingers in your mouth afterwards – you didn’t think about it upfront.
Why is fingernail biting an unhealthy habit?
Most nail biters suffer from some level of tension and anxiety, but there are a few nail biters who do it without any psychological motivation. The main reason fingernail biting is so bad for you is the physical injury it can cause. In mild cases the sufferer could have unpleasant ripped cuticles and fingertips, vulnerable to bleeding and infection. In a number of extreme cases the affected person can lose the nail entirely as well as being left with a damaged finger.
Usually the habit doesn’t only impact on your fingers either. The dental issues linked with nail biting are very well documented. A problem called gingival injury can occur, that is where continual nail biting damages the soft tissue inside your mouth. In addition to dental damage, bacteria buried deeply on the nail bed can be transferred to your mouth and trigger serious infections.
Inwardly, nail biters normally feel embarrassed about the habit but are helpless to stop the compulsion to do it. It can be stressful catching yourself having your arm in a strange position to bite the nail and then remembering you are in front of other those that more than likely find that behaviour undesirable. It is also humiliating when individuals see your damaged nails and fingers.
The most important thing to realise is that the habit is primarily a behaviour you use to cope with something a bit deeper that needs identifying and taking care of.
Hypnotherapy processes for nail biting are beneficial in treating this problem and many patients see results after the initial sessions.
Andy Cox, an experienced professional hypnotherapist from Assured Effects Hypnotherapy, said “It is surprisingly quick to change a habit of a lifetime like nail-biting. Work is normally done in just 2 or 3 one hour sessions. Not only is the habit of nail biting banished but self-esteem is improved as the sufferer no longer feels embarrassment about the state of their hands and feels confident to show their hands in public again.
Clinical Hypnotherapy in Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth, and Wimborne, Dorset; Specialising in confidence, anxiety, stress, insomnia, weight control, phobias, and smoking cessation. Fully qualified & insured, 9 years experience working with over 1,500 clients.