Sunday, May 3, 2015

Nail Biter's Corner #6 - Is Nail Biting A Sign Of Perfectionism?

Hi everyone! 

(Source: Elite Daily)

I recently came across this article by Gillian Fuller on Elite Daily - Nail Biting Isn't Actually A Bad Habit, It's A Sign Of Perfectionism 

As a former nail biter, it does make sense when you sit down and think about the situations when you actually do bite your nails. Of course this only applies to some people as well as different situations. Everything is very circumstantial really. 

I started doing it out of stress and that was when I was a little girl - what did I know about stress back then? Being born into a typical asian family, studies was always a main reason for doing it. Can't get the right answer to the workbook questions? Obviously, biting your nails would help you think better. 

It wasn't until I was a teenager that I decided biting my nails were just disgusting but it didn't really stop my need for stress relief. So, instead of biting the things, I started peeling them. I would start by making a nick at the side and work my way across. It got so bad that the nails on my pointer fingers were always slanted...ALWAYS...

Getting back to the topic at hand, was it really a signal of perfectionism? I mean it does make sense in a way that if I didn't get it right or it didn't go my way then I would start doing it but then again...a habit could just be a habit...

In my opinion, it could be both a bad habit and a sign of perfectionism but it is never good to keep feeding a bad habit. I am thankful that I managed to stop and I wished that I stopped much earlier than I did. Even now, I tend to move my fingers that would imitate the motion when I'm thinking but I don't peel them nor do I bite them anymore. 

I do however peel my nail polish off when I'm extremely stressed but I find that so much better. Besides, I changed my nail polish so often it isn't really a problem for me. Could this be a manifestation or evolution of my sign of perfectionism? Who knows? Maybe? 

What are your thoughts on the article? Let me know! 

That's it for this post! 

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