You are probably one who thinks that the people who bite your nails compulsively must be your addiction to a symptom of anxiety. For some reason, when we see someone biting his nails, directly we assume that you have any thought that disturbs you in mind.
This is nothing more than an assumption, and as is often the case, the assumptions may be incorrect.
It turns out that science has shown that there is much more behind this habit is “nervous” than the simple anxiety. A study has observed that people who bite the nails tend to share a trait of personality rather unexpected.
While it may seem to a behavior somewhat odd, various studies estimate that around 20-30% of the world’s population are chomping at the bit. The habit itself, which could be caused by anxiety, it can lead to a problem of self-esteem, which in turn causes more anxiety. It is for this reason that nail biting can lead to a cycle without end.
This type of behaviors are very difficult to abandon. Researchers have even found that the simple act of biting the fingernails can provide a calming effect on the nervous system.
And is that, although the causes for which each person is biting nails can vary, this mania shares a common feature between all its practitioners: nail biting reveals an unrelenting momentum for perfection.
According to a study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, nail biting seems to be an indicator that the person is a perfectionist. According to this statement, a person bites his nails when they feel frustrated with the imperfection.
The imperfection could be caused by different reasons, from a fight with the partner, a job failure or the loss of a goal. When someone fails on their way to a goal, whether real or imaginary, combat your frustration biting his nails.
Perfectionists like to always go forward. When things are not going as they should, they get frustrated and bored. This is where comes into play the nibbling of nails in an attempt to save the day.
The study’s author, Dr. Kieron O’connor, wrote: “we Believe that people with these repetitive behaviors can be perfectionists, which means they are unable to relax and perform tasks at a normal pace. This makes them more likely to feel frustration, impatience and dissatisfaction when not achieved their objectives“.