Nail Biting

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    Oct 25, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    I am a notorious nail biter. So I was looking up some articles about nail biting and I came across this gem. It is an article by Anderson Cooper. It really is just comical and it doesn't really answer any of my questions, but it did relax my ideas about nail biting.

    http://articles.cnn.com/2005-09-27/us/nails_1_nail-biters-nasty-habit?_s=PM:US
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    Oct 25, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    I'm a biter, and have grown accustomed to it. I also have a manicure kit, but only use it when I'm doing self-portraits (not snapshots for my profile) or video with close-ups.

    And I totally disagree with the idea that it can cause infection. I think quite the opposite: I think it builds your immune system.
  • Markebri

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    Oct 25, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    I bite mine as well and at times find myself doing it without even realizing it. I agree with it being a bad habit, but it does gives me a sense of relief when stressed out. Almost like a baby sucking it's thumb..lol.

    Now that I think about, how else do you think people of ancient civilization kept and maintained a normal length for their nails without the invention of scissors or nail clippers?
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    Oct 25, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    Markebri saidI bite mine as well and at times find myself doing it without even realizing it. I agree with it being a bad habit, but it does gives me a sense of relief when stressed out. Almost like a baby sucking it's thumb..lol.

    Now that I think about, how else do you think people of ancient civilization kept and maintained a normal length for their nails without the invention of scissors or nail clippers?


    They use stones and other tools though also.... same with their hair... tribal ppl of Africa, India, Amazonia and Asia that dont have scissors do make other tools... after all, they also cut and weave fibres and animal skins and make clothng...

    Cats and rabbits just scratch stones
  • Joeyphx444

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    Oct 25, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    I used to when I was a little kid but then I got over it icon_razz.gif I think it's really nasty and I can't stand guys who have like no finger nails, it looks really ugly
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    Oct 25, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
    I used to bite mine. Even as a kid they tried to prevent it with stuff they painted on your nails to be severely bitter and make me stop. It just made me do it more.
    Now, I don't do it unless I'm too impatient to wait to cut them with clippers.
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
    It sends a bad message to others: that you are shifty, nervous, and unable to control an unhealthy urge. People notice, and, whether fair or not, it's a strike against you when they do. Especially at job interviews. They look at your hands.

    Cooper doesn't like pretty nails. I get that. But there is a big difference between a guy with a fussy manicure and a guy whose hands are a non-issue. You want to be in the latter category.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 25, 2010 1:05 PM GMT
    I used to, but I just keep them short now. My cuticles are horrible, though. Sometimes I bite them.
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI do not think that most medical professionals would agree with that last statement. Taxing and activation of your immune system is not the same as stressing a muscle through weight training in order to make it stronger. But your logic is interesting.


    Surely it is very similar - it's sort of like vaccinations being a weak or dead form of what you are being immunised against.