If You Are Biting Your Nails, Then You Might Be A Perfectionist!

If You Are Biting Your Nails, Then You Might Be A Perfectionist!

Many think that people bite nails because of anxiety or nervousness. But, research says that there’s more to this story than we know. Research conducted by the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry shows that nail-biting can actually be because you are a perfectionist.

Psychology Today explains perfectionism as: “…an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. It’s a fast track to unhappiness, and…is often accompanied by depression..”
This is known as BFRBS (Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior). It can actually be very injurious to our health. It is caused by stress. Some relative BFRBs are hair pulling, skin picking, and nail-biting.

The research team sought to compare the tendency to engage in BFRB using two models: emotional regulation (ER) and frustrated action (FA).

The ER model infers that BFRBs are activated by negative feelings and lightening of disagreeable impact. The FA model sets that BFRBs are activated by boredom, weariness, disappointment, and frustration. It was shown that BFRBs are progressive towards activities under the FA model, as “they demonstrate maladaptive planning styles characterized by high standards and unwillingness to relax,” two inherent traits in perfectionists.

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After a thorough observation of a ‘BFRB gathering’ and a control group, the researchers started these analyses;

(1) The BFRB bunch reported an extensively higher inclination to engage in BFRBs than the control group across conditions.

(2) BFRB members announced a significantly higher desire to take part in the fatigue/boredom and stress condition than in the unwinding condition.

(3) The BFRB bunch introduced fundamentally higher scores on maladaptive arranging style, and maladaptive arranging style has essentially corresponded with challenges in ER.

Perfectionism is considered a risk factor for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). It’s a very unhealthy habit – a habit fed by psychological problems.

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