Is it Bad to Bite the Skin Around Your Nails?
If You Bite Your Nails, You're Probably a Perfectionist
While most people assume nail biting has to do with nerves or anxiety, one study is linking this bad habit to a surprising personality trait. According to a study published in the March 2015 issue of , nail biters are more likely to be perfectionists.
Now, you may expect someone who aims for perfection to have immaculately polished nails, but that's not the case, says Dr. Kieron O'Conner, the study's author. Perfectionists are oftensofocused on results, that they aren't able to relax, and they overwork themselves. "They are therefore prone to frustration, impatience, and dissatisfaction when they do not reach their goals," . And that can lead to nail biting, apparently.
The researchers had a group of 48 people, half of them chronic nail biters, fill out surveys that evaluated their "experienced emotions." They were then exposed to situations designed to provoke specific feelings, such as stress and boredom. In the end, they concluded that perfectionists are more likely to feel restless when there's nothing to do, and biting their nails is an outlet for this impatience.
The bottom line? The results suggest that if you want to stop biting your nails, you should work on being less of a perfectionist, and reducing feeling of boredom and frustration.
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