We were in the car together the other day. Dad at the wheel, my brother beside him, me in the back. I spent most of the ride looking absentmindedly out the window, as I am wont to do when a passenger. At some point, though, a certain serendipitous something or other led me to look up at the two of them up front. The both of them were chomping away at their nails, the silence of the ride broken only by the gentle clicking of teeth being used as nail clippers. It was then that I looked down at my own hands, and it suddenly struck me that I had been absentmindedly picking away at my hangnails ‘til the skin was red and raw.
Well. There we were, a family of finger-maulers in perfect harmony. Looks like it’s an uphill task for the lot of us. 17 months ago
I’ve relapsed. Caught myself gnawing away at my fingers out of stress halfway through one of my exams. Guh.
Never mind. Try, try, try again! 17 months ago
I don’t think I’ve done any biting or picking for several weeks now. I might have completed this goal. It usually gets worse during periods of high stress though, and as I’m about to embark on another of these high stress periods, I think I shall wait until the end of the term to see if I can keep it up. 18 months ago
How I did it: I am happy I stopped, but the reason is not a happy one, so that's why I selected "neutral" for how it made me feel.
I can not recommend this as a solution, but it all started with the death of my mother. Her life-long overbearing personality apparently was at the root of my nail biting, as I stopped almost immediately after she died.
I now have strong nails, reasonable cuticles, and no desire at all to bit them. I don't even want to nip them off when they get chipped, I reach for a nail file instead. Read how I did it… 21 months ago