Nail Biting

What is Nail Biting?

Do you bite and chew your nails without even noticing it? Are you fed up with feeling embarrassed about the awful state of your nails? We often bite our nails in response to stress, anxiety, or boredom. If one is not careful this habit can become a disorder that is categorised as a Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRBs) which occurs on the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum. Often this habit develops in childhood and can often continue into adulthood. It can be associated with perfectionism and is seen in those who are easily frustrated and impatient. 

Nail-biting for many can become a source of shame, frustration, anxiety, isolation and low self-esteem. It can cause a vicious cycle in which nail-biting has a negative effect on one’s relationships, work and overall quality of life.  This can lead sufferers to escalate their nail-biting in order to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings associated with the condition. 

Nailing-biting is an unconscious habit that is often not under our conscious control. Indeed, many people who nail bite enter a trance-like state while they are biting or picking at their nails. This means those with this habit are familiar in some ways with hypnotherapy, they just need help changing the negative cue into a positive one. This is exactly what we can help you do at Beyond NLP. 

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

  • Revise the habit cue to bite nails into a healthier behaviour such as touching something that provides a satisfying sensation, or to do a few movements of self-hypnosis to create feelings of relaxation, calm and satisfaction. 
  • Hypnotherapy can help you improve management of your stress and anxiety.  This will help you control your impulse to bite your nails. 
  • Hypnotherapy will help you boost your confidence and raise your self-esteem which, in turn,  will enhance your ability to find new, healthy ways to cope with life’s challenges. 
  • Become a more professional and polished version of yourself with attractive, healthy nails. 
  • Enjoy a more satisfying social life without fear of being judged by what your fingers look like.