So, it’s about 20 months since I last made an entry about this and guess what? I’m still biting my nails. I think one reason I haven’t stopped biting my nails is because I don’t really have a reason to stop. I want to stop biting them, but I don’t have a reason to quit.
I’m gonna have to work on that.
Well, I’m taking a psychology class, and one of our projects is to pick a habit we would like to stop doing. I bet you can’t guess which one I picked!
Apparently, I bite my nails because of negative reinforcement. When I get bored I bite my nails and it makes me less bored. That’s a form of operant conditioning.
I know there are other reasons as to why I bite my nails, for instance, I bite them when I’m nervous, and I bite them when they get too long or when they are sharp or pointy.
Does understanding help me with my habit? Not really, but it’s cool to know why I bite my nails.
The isn’t a message of success. I haven’t found a way to stop biting my nails again yet. But I did manage to bite one of my nails in a new and exciting way. Instead of that old boring horizontal bite I some how pulled a strip of nail vertically. My right thumb nail has an indent in it where I took this slice out. It hasn’t broken my nail in half it’s just left an indent. I actually like the way it feels but I don’t know how I did it.
Anyway, I figured I’d share.