Did you know nail biting is associated with obsessive-compulsive disorders like skin picking and hoarding? This, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of psychology journals.
I’ve been a nail biter my entire life! I came by it honestly; my mom is a biter. I used to be really bad with it in my teens and 20s, but I’ve eased off somewhat once I identified my triggers and taken steps to head them off at the pass. I have determined I bite my nails when I write. Um, bummer for me? But I noticed I don’t do it as much, if at all, if I keep a pair of clippers and a file with me at all times because it’s the raggedy edges of a nail that compels me to want to chew (how gross is that?). It’s an attempt to smooth out the rough edges, I guess. Hmmm, what would the docs at the biblical psychology journal make of that? If my nails are smooth and trim, I don’t feel compelled to bite.
I bang my head against the keyboard instead.