File it, Don't Bite It!
I say you are one in a billion because that is a low estimate of how many people on earth bite their nails.
Welcome to my site, and I know you will find some answers. I have written a book,
Truth About Nail-Biting. It's available on Amazon, and all the buttons that say My Book on this website, will take you to Amazon.
I love to hear other peoples stories on their nail biting journey. I just want to warn everyone who joins in that I do have sense of humor when it comes to biting and I have no desire to insult any one. All I ask is, if someone else comments, and you have something to share please do not shame them. One truth is I am a biter not a writer.
I am a true believer that we all have a perfect hands despite the condition of our nails. If you can do what you need to do with your fingers than that is perfect.
One of my deep desires is to eradicate nail biting. I would love to hear your view on that one. Do you believe nail biting can be eradicated from human behavior.?
I know in my heart to succeed with eradication, I need to teach parents how to help their child take care of their hands. I may call my next book, "Stop it, Before it Starts". I am sure that title will change before I am done.
I worked especially hard to understand why we bite? The bigger question is, Why do I feel the urge to put my hands in my mouth, esp. since I no longer bite my nails? Why would I want to go back and bite my nails?
I laugh because we all have been told for so long that anxiety is the cause of nail biting.
I for one never really believed that but, why not? I could not for the life of me keep my hand out of my mouth so maybe they were correct and I am or was anxious, I was a child and who was I to question authority. My nails as a child were a mess. I now understand why this happened and will start to share what I have learned in another post.
It's 2018 and 50% of the 8 to 18 year old's bite their nails. My main goal is to change that number to a single digit.
Love to hear from you!
Thanks Audrey, Your Oral Manicurist. (retired)
I had an eye opening experience on Saturday. I had a booth at the Women's Expo in Victorville, CA. There was food, music, Zumba and over 6000 people that walked through the doors to show support for women and women’s health. I had the greatest opportunity to meet nail-biters, non-nail-biters, reformed nail-biters, controlled nail-biters, and finger pickers. Did I leave anyone out? Every type of hand was there. One lady admitted she just had acrylic nails put on to help stop biting. Very nice hands by the way.
Many were surprised to see my booth. I guess nail-biting is not a very talked about subject. Everyone who had their nails, or only some of their nails, left intact were happy to share their stories and show me their hands. If they didn't bite then they were proud to announce that they never had been there or done that in terms of their nails, and each person had at least a handful of people that they knew bit their nails. Some swore they were only nervous or stressed biters, but most biters admitted that they are not sure why they bite their nails, only that they do bite their nails. Scratch that, one lady swore to me that she didn’t bite her nails as she proceeded to put her fingers in her mouth and chomp away.
There were some sad faces that broke my heart, too. Fingernails hidden from view, and a look of embarrassment on their face as they told me their story. Their experiences were similar, and after they were done sharing their stories I explained to them that they’re not alone, that they have nothing to be ashamed of, and that there is hope to stop this madness.
The most asked question of the day? What is the ‘truth’ about nail-biting?
For inquiring minds that want to know, here are some of the ‘truths’ about nail-biting found in my book that I shared with the Expo guests.
1. Nail-Biting is a form of manicuring.
2. Nail-biting is self taught.
3. Nail-biting doesn’t have to be a stress related activity, most stress is due to the state of their nails, not the habit itself. Some nail-biters find that biting their nails relieves stress, and for others it brings enjoyment. There are many shades of nail-biting.
What I wish I would have said is that nail-biting is a two stage habit where touch/feel and then you bite. That is the basic truth.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by my booth, I had a great time! Thank you for being there to support me! I could not have done this without all of the support and enthusiasm of the amazing women and men at the Expo.
Most importantly, I would like to thank my sister-in-law, Meriana, and my daughter, Monica. Without your unending support this day may have never happened at all. Seriously, I wouldn’t have been able to do this alone.
For my next act, my article, tentatively titled: “Are You a Pathological Groomer?”. So make sure to come back and check it out.
-Audrey (Retired Hall of Fame Oral Manicurist)
Today is day one for my blog! When I wrote my book ‘Truth About Nail-Biting’ I never thought that I would have to write again. Then my son tells me “Oh yeah Mom, you need a blog”.
All I could think was “Seriously?!”.
So here I am, I will mark this day in my history. March 10th, 2017 the day of my first blog post. Do we call this a launch?
Tomorrow, March 11th I will have a booth at the Women's’ Expo in Victorville, CA to launch my book and promote my nail-biting workshop. If you are in the area tomorrow come by and see me and my Sister-in-Law, Meriana and my daughter, Monica. I will have books, information and candy (incase you need anything to chew on).
Quick question... when you write a blog do you have to say goodbye, or do I talk until the end?
My name is Audrey and I have been working on the problem of nail-biting my entire life. I made this website to serve as a community where people can come to learn how to stop biting their nails and discuss their progress with others.