Nail biting comes naturally to some of us. Despite being told when growing up that it’s a bad, nervous or ugly habit, it’s a habit that can be hard to kick. In fact, new research suggests that nail biting is actually linked to perfectionism.
It’s not just nail biting either. Other habits such as tapping the table, picking at split ends and hair twirling are all signs that you are merely seeking perfection.
New research published in the Journal of “Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry” suggests that these common ticks are not stress born at all. Instead, they come from the feeling of an exacerbated need to complete life’s tasks at a breakneck pace. So, if someone catches you biting your nails don’t stop out of embarrassment.