Top 10 Ways to Prevent Nail Biting


The Buddy System

Having a friend to be accountable to may help you to stop nail biting.
Having a friend to be accountable to may help you to stop nail biting.

If you're like a lot of people, achieving any goal is infinitely easier when you do it with a friend. Many nail biters seek the support of others who are also trying to give up the habit. The simple fact of having another person with whom to share goals and be accountable may allow you to succeed in your efforts to quit biting. Quitting with a friend or a group of people with the same affliction also allows you to share tips and strategies for quitting. After all, something that works for one person may work just as well for another.

Another good reason to seek out a buddy or support group for nail biters is that there are likely to be similarities in the underlying causes of biting. In other words, people with the same unwanted habits may share similar psychological histories or profiles. This "meeting of the minds" can shed light on the root causes of nail biting. Some examples of Web-based support groups are DailyStrength and MDJunction.

There is no one-size-fits-all remedy with nail biting; group strategies and buddy systems are definitely not the right approach for those who tend to be more private or guarded about their feelings. For some people, therapy is most effective when it's a one-on-one approach, such as relaxation or stress-relief techniques.