Nail biting and nail picking
The clinical name for nail biting is chronic onychophagia.
It occurs in:
• 28% to 33% of children ages 7-10 years old
• 44% of adolescents
• 19% to 29% of young adults and
• 5% of older adults
• It is more common in young males
Using NLP and Hypnotherapy to Stop Compulsive Nail Biting / Picking
Nail biting and nail picking might seem like a minor problem, but for people who do it compulsively it is a very real and often destructive habit. Some studies show that as many as 50% of all people under the age of 18 have issues with nail biting, with up to 25% of people 18 to 22 years old continuing the habit. It is a habit that can make you very unhappy and self-conscious, but it is also a habit that can be resolved quite easily with NLP and hypnotherapy.
Why Does Compulsive Nail Biting / Picking Occur?
Compulsive nail biting is most often a habit that you are completely unaware of while you are doing it. You see the results, of course, in your damaged nails and embarrassment at the way your hands look, but you have no awareness of when you are actually biting your nails. It is not enough, then, to try to get rid of compulsive nail biting by using will power or other “tricks” to stop the habit.
Some of the symptoms of and signs of compulsive nail biting include:
• Cuticles that bleed
• Sore, red finger tips
• Frequent infections in the mouth and fingernails
• Deformed and misshapen nails
• Dental problems affecting the teeth and gums
Even more damaging than the physical impact of compulsive nail biting is the emotional impact is has on your life. The most common triggers are stress, nervousness, hunger, depression and boredom. It is common to have strong feelings of guilt or shame about the habit, even though it is an unconscious behavior that can affect anyone at any age.
Compulsive nail biting is based in an automatic thought pattern that you learned at some point in your life, so if you want to eliminate this problem then you have to eliminate the faulty thought pattern. You have to re-train your mind with a different thought pattern, one that is positive and constructive, and make it part of your deep inner resources. Once it becomes an automatic part of your unconscious mind, the old behavior disappears and the new, more desirable behavior takes over.
Using NLP and Hypnotherapy to Stop Compulsive Nail Biting
NLP and hypnotherapy can successfully stop compulsive nail biting dead in its tracks. NLP targets your conscious mind, helping you to change the thought patterns that contribute to your nail biting habit. For your unconscious mind, hypnotherapy techniques target your deep, inner resources and help you get rid of the negative parts that are the underlying cause of compulsive nail biting.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
Because NLP and hypnotherapy combine so effectively to take care of compulsive nail biting, in most cases we can successfully resolve this problem in one or occasionally two sessions. You can get rid of compulsive nail biting with the right help and guidance.
As an experienced and professional Clinical Hypnotherapist I know exactly how to eliminate this problem quickly and effectively so you can have fantastic looking nails and feel proud of them!