Posted by: lea20 | 2007/04/12

please help

maybe you can assist, im a nail biter, and seriously want to stop now, i have tried everything there is to help stop biting nails, but nothing seems to work. i dont just bite them when im under stress, but when im bored as well. i was thinking of seeing a hypnotist, any advice as to where i might find one in joburg.

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Stress and boredom are both the commonest triggers for nail biting. The last time I recommended that anyone see a hypnotist, there were severe hailstorms in Hell, for reasons you'll discover if you search the archives of this forum on "hypnotherapist" and "hypnotherapy". Again, CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy_ works far better every time, and would also help you deal better with stress and boredom.
Joy's suggestion is interesting. Also, have you tried putting the intensely bitter chemicals on your nails, so the horrible taste reminds you when you're just nibbling without thinking --- and get an alternative --- worry beads or a stress ball, r something else to fiddle with then stressed or bored ( and carrot or celery sticks to nibble, similarly ).

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Posted by: HomoeoPsych | 2007/04/12

Hi Lea20

CS is quite correct in stating that it should be a cold day in Hell before you go to see a "hypnotist". There are unfortunately any number of often very porely trained individuals out there who might have some limited training in hypnosis, but who have absolutely no training in psychotherapy or psychopathology. Of course, such "hypnotists are also not professionally registered anywhere & therefore are not ethically answerable to anyone regarding what they do in "therapy", or any damage they might cause as a result of ill-conceived interventions. Please, DON'T EVER go to see someone like this.

A properly trained psychologist (or other registered professional properly authoriszed by their professional board to use hypnosis & hypnotherapeutic techniques in therapy), is a different matter entirely. CS refers to his previous posts regarding hypnosis. In these posts he has repestedly shown himself to be utterly clueless as far as properly utilized clinical hypnotherapy is concerned!

Regarding previous posts by CS, you might notice that he recommends CBT for anything & everything! If CBT really were THAT effective in resolving ALL problema in ANY patient, don't you think therapists (who make a living from being effective practitioners) would have noticed this & have stopped using other methods? If hypnosis & hypnotherpay really is so ineffective, why is this modality of treatment so widely used amongst properly qualified & professionally registered practitioners? It is a verifiable fact that every psychological society in existance has a division for clinical hypnosis. It is also trus that the divisions for clinical are ofetn the largest & most active divisions of their respective psychological societies. Does this suggest to you that hypnosis is ineffective as a therapeutic modality?

A far as the use of hypnotherapeutic techniques in the treatment of nail biting is concerned, one study (of many that could be quoted - Wagstaff, Graham F.; Royce, C. (1994). Hypnosis and the treatment of nail biting: A preliminary trial. Contemporary Hypnosis, 11, 9-13.), has shown that in a trial using a one-sesssion, hypnotherapeutic intervention, 64% of the subjects showed a siginficant decrease in nail-biting. This compares to 17% of the control gropu that showed an improvement.

Can hypnosis help?


Go well.

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Posted by: RMC | 2007/04/12

Get your friends to klap you each time they see you chewing... nope - that did not work on my mate but she did eventually stop through sheer iron will. They say a bad habit takes around 7 days to break, ask everyone to help you stop as in when they notice you doing it, they stop you. Find something for your hands to do.

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Posted by: Joy | 2007/04/12

Go get your nails done..i mean have tips put on them, treat yourself. You wont bite off the fake nails..and get them done every month. I know a woman here at work that says she's a nail biter but has been doing her nails professionally for over 20 years~ when their done, she doesnt bite! It might help you. just a suggestion

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