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stewit's avatar

How do I stop biting my fingernails?

Asked by stewit (6points) December 28th, 2007
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nephrons's avatar


Mind control and self deciline. If this doesnt work, try using mittens or gloves always.


stewit's avatar

I sit and type at a keyboard all day. I’m not sure it would be realistic wearing gloves or mittens while using the keyboard. I’m a fast typer and I don’t want to be slowed down.

nephrons's avatar


Use latex gloves if that is the case, or not, think your fingernails harbours lots of germs and bacteria that would later compromise your good health.


vanguardian's avatar

they make a clear nail polish that tastes nasty. Its made for this. Your mind will trigger that taste when you have the urge to do it. Once it overpowers the urge to bite, your golden!

bluemukaki's avatar

Just scratch your lower regions. that’ll stop the chewing pretty quick and you wont have to pay for the Conditioning nailpolish for masochists

gailcalled's avatar

There are stopgap measures (worry beads, fiddling w. hair, evil-tasting polish) etc. but the root cause is important for you to discover. Nail biting is one common way of relieving anxiety; overeating, overexercising, cuticle chewing, pulling out hair or eyebrows, facial tics, and more draconian – cutting, anorexia, bulemia, morbd obesity etc.

We all feel some anxiety; severe nail biting is really a form of self-mutilation (and will turn off a lot of women…or men…. who like men w. attractive hands – I don’t know whether that matters to you.)

Some short-term therapy might help you to figure out your issues and also a way to substitute some more healthy and attractive way of staying calm—- the classic ones are exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi chi gong and other eastern Martial Arts, diaphragmatic breathing, massage, hypnotherapy, etc.

I was a nibbler as a teen-ager as were my kids. I grew out of my nailbiting and now love my hands. I restrained myself (w. huge difficulty) from nagging my kids and they too grew out of it….we all have had therapy at one time or another (not for the nail biting but for our anxieties.)

Good luck. Chew on a pencil, gum or toothpick while you start to be more introspective.

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