Onychophagia is the technical term for compulsive grooming or nail biting. It is actually classed by the American Psychiatric Association as an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making it more than just a ‘bad habit’. It is classified as a body-focused repetitive behaviour (BFRB).
Pathological grooming usually starts with legitimate grooming, or perhaps as a stress response and then becomes automatic, unrelated to any particular external stimulus.
The difference between pathological grooming and other OCD behaviours is that it is enjoyable and rewarding. But that is exactly why it is so difficult to overcome, without professional help.
Studies show up to 50 per cent of all people under the age of 18 are nail bitters. many ‘grow out of it, so that by 18 to 22 years of age only 25 per cent have a nail biting problem.
Compulsive nail-biting is usually initiated or influenced by negative emotional states, and then results in a negative emotional feedback loop that results in the recurring compulsive behaviour.
Sufferers usually experience feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment, regret.
Physical symptoms of compulsive nail-biting may include:
- Bleeding cuticles.
- Red raw finger tips.
- Because fingers touch unclean surfaces infections occur upon the fingers and mouth.
- Unsightly and misshapen nails.
Clients who come to me to overcome nail-biting often tell me they have tried everything to try to quit, without success.
If you had a bucket of mud (representing negative emotions and behaviors), but you wanted a bucket of clean fresh water (representing positive emotions and behaviors), you could put the bucket of mud under a tap and run fresh clean water (representing subliminal affirmations) into the bucket. But it would take a long time, and you would still have a bucket of muddy water. That is an analogy of how most subliminal affirmation downloads currently available on the Internet work, or perhaps do not work. Peter Zapfella uses his one-on-one therapies to ‘throw out’ or delete the mud (representing negative emotions and behaviors) and then you can choose to use the ‘Welcome’ Subliminal Affirmations to quickly and efficiently refill the bucket with fresh clean water (representing positive emotions and behaviors). No mud, no nail-biting!
Together NLP and hypnotherapy successfully stop compulsive nail biting dead in its tracks. NLP logically addresses the conscious mind to change the thinking that ignites nail biting. Hypnotherapy targets the deep unconscious mind’s memories of negative emotions, beliefs and behaviours.
Everyone of us is unique. We have all had different life experiences and we react to them differently too. Most emotional and behavioural challenges can respond well to one-on-one psychotherapy tailored to the individual, using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy and perhaps cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). That is why Peter Zapfella suggests you start with one-on-one therapy using Skype and then use the ‘Welcome’ subliminal affirmations to ‘lock-in’ the unconscious shifts long-term. Of course you can ‘flip-it’ and try one of the 266 ‘Welcome’ MP3’s first, and see if they are effective for you without therapy. If so, that’s great. If not you can use skypetherapy.pro
Now you can listen to these subliminals when ready to sleep and let these gentle and encouraging words guide your unconscious mind into the realms of dreams. If you listen to this MP3 while sleeping, on ‘repeat’ or ‘loop’ your unconscious mind will hear this message around 450 times every night. Alternatively you can listen in the background during the day at work or leisure, as no hypnotic trance is required.
These subliminal messages are simply ‘obscured’ from the conscious mind within masking music or environmental sounds to prevent conscious analytical thinking.
You can download and be listening, and benefiting from this MP3 within minutes from now. The more these messages are repeated, the more they are uncritically accepted by the unconscious, which maintains emotions, beliefs and habits of behaviour. A simple message, repeated enough, will become a new unconscious belief, which your unconscious can manifest into reality. You can be proud of your nails sooner than you think!
Subliminal Affirmation Text:
“The old out dated anxiety, shame, guilt and stigmatisation associated with nail biting and chewing is all gone, because that old compulsive behaviour has vanished forever. The truth is nail biting was the cause of anxiety not the cure. It was childish. A bad habit associated with thumb sucking. Now you have grown up and grown out fo it for ever. The thought of nail biting leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Your fingernails are growing more strong and beautiful. You are proud of your fingernails. You are now more clear in the mind, more relaxed in the body. You accept everything and everybody because now you are more confident. You have greater self-control. The way that you feel is becoming better and better because the burden has been lifted for ever and ever now that you welcome life beyond nail biting and chewing.”
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