Do you also suffer from this unpleasant habit? Statistics say that about a third of adults continue to gnaw at least periodically. What is behind this? What is the psychological factor or, perhaps, the problem? Most people view this habit mainly as a sign of nervousness and anxiety. At first glance, this point of view makes sense, but it would be incomplete without a more detailed study. According to a study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, this may be a sign … of perfectionism: after all, perfectionists strive so hard for perfection that it is often accompanied by depression.
Let’s consider this habit and its consequences.
Repeated body-related behavior (BFRB) is described as “a bad habit causing serious disorders”. The research team sought to compare the propensity to BFRB using two models: the regulation of emotions (ER) and the irritated effect (FA). The ER model suggests that BFRB is caused by negative emotions and removes this negative. The FA model states that BFRB relieves impatience, boredom, frustration and dissatisfaction.
The researchers concluded that people with BFRB are more likely to act within the framework of the FA model, that is, an irritated action, because “they are characterized by their desire for high standards and reluctance to retreat from them.” And these are the bright features inherent in perfectionists.
So, people with this repetitive behavior are likely to suffer from perfectionism, which means that they are not able to relax and perform tasks at a calm pace and regime, so They are prone to a state of frustration and dissatisfaction when their goals are not achieved. In other words, the habit of gnawing the nails is not so much related to nervousness and restless states as to the frustration due to the impossibility of achieving something.