If you have ever tried to stop your nail biting habit, you understand just how difficult it can be. Perhaps you have worn gloves or bandages over your fingertips, or tried bitter-flavored nail polish. Maybe they worked for a little while, but ultimately you found yourself with worn nails and torn cuticles once again.
The reason that a surface nail biting cure is not likely to be successful makes sense when the cause of the behavior is looked at. The nail biting habit is chronic and very similar in nature to other stress-related activities, including skin picking and hair pulling. At the core, these actions fill an intrinsic inclination; thus if the urge is not satiated or eliminated, the behavior will return. No amount of bitter nail polish will curb the need for nail biting or bring the sense of relaxation you feel after nibbling on your nails.
In that vein, someone cannot actually cure nail biting, but do not worry: Fortunately, time-tested remedies that can aid in recovery are available. There is a three-step treatment that can successfully stop nail biting if you are committed to do so. The essential step involves hypnosis.
For people who are not familiar, hypnosis conjures ideas of people watching swinging pendulums or barking on stage for others' enjoyment. Rest assured that at its core, hypnosis is only deep relaxation in a trance-like state. Many people erroneously think that hypnotic trances are like sleep, but you are fully conscious and awake, simply more relaxed and open to suggestion.
In fact, most of people go through some kind of self-hypnosis daily, during times when we disregard most of the distractions around us to concentrate on special task while staying fully conscious. It transpires effortlessly while we watch television, daydream or read.
Because nail biting is related to stress, the more effectively you can release and work through tension and anxiety, the more winning your move to stop nail biting will be. The basic target of hypnotherapy is to teach you how to live in a relaxed state continuously.
You are encouraged to try several different hypnosis options, such as traditional hypnosis, Ericksonian hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques, to add to both the state of relaxation and to get a better sense of happiness. A competent hypnotherapist will know which kind is ultimately best.
The following step to curbing a nail biting problem is to become conscious of the action since nail biting is executed unconsciously. Hypnotherapy is very helpful for this stage, as communicating with the unconscious mind to activate the conscious mind's awareness that you are about to bite your nails can help deeply. This allows you to make the choice to bite your nails or not. And given that hypnotherapy has previously helped alleviate the main stress, the powerful compulsion to bite your nails has been greatly minimized, or even eradicated.
The conclusive action for using hypnotherapy to cease biting nails is to fully eliminate the fundamental wish to bite or chew. There are ways that can effectively program you with a compulsion to renounce biting your nails, because just as practices can be broken due to hypnosis, they can be started.
Hypnotherapy is helpful with decreasing behaviors like biting your nails because, though the hypnosis will not suddenly generate absolute strength of will, it can fortify your resolve and ensure that choices you make while in a stress-free state will still remain when you are under stress. Furthermore, hypnotherapy can help you communicate with your unconscious mind to get it to support your conscious mind so both entities support your aim.
It should be noted that some potential hypnosis clients have a worry of having ideas planted or of experiencing "hidden" memories during a trance. Rest assured that hypnotherapists are officially taught and accredited and abide by the strictest ethical and professional guidelines. The systems used by hypnotherapists to make valuable suggestions to your unconscious are entirely distinct from the ones employed or used during memory recall or age regression. So the use of hypnotherapy for effectively stopping the impulse to bite your nails will not result in unintended behaviors or memories.
CONCLUSION: Nail biting is drive like any other, and self-control alone is usually not enough to stop the behavior. Using hypnotherapy or hypnosis CDs and all other resources available will more likely result in a comfortable, successful end to your nail biting.
Alan B. Densky, CH has spent years helping thousands of clients with nail biting hypnosis. His NLP website offers tons of Free support including Free hypnosis videos, a hypnosis research index, and a hypnosis blog where you can get questions answered.