A Real Nail-biter
I am a married man who has been a compulsive nail-biter since childhood. My mother constantly nagged me about it. My father insisted I would outgrow it. It became such an issue that I thought there were something seriously wrong with me. When I turned 30, I decided to get professional help and saw a psychiatrist. When I met him, I noticed that his fingernails were bitten to disgusting nubs worse that mine, and stormed out of his office. On the advice of my personal physician (who always said I should stop worrying about the habit) I saw another shrink who had sterling creditials. He counseled that there is nothing wrong with me, that I fall into a statistical subgroup of individuals worldwide who likely will always be habitual nail-biters. He said that possibly I could be de-programmed through hypnosis but that the success rate for that was not encouraging; also, that I could stop the habit for no apparent reason at any time or continue the habit for life. In the final analysis he said I should stop worrying about the stigma associated with the habit and go about enjoying me life. I followed his advice. I still bite my nails 20 years later. but no longer worry about it.