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View Poll Results: Have you ever managed to give up biting your nails?
Yes, I used to bite my nails but now I never do. 7 43.75%
Yes, I managed to give up biting my nails but now I bite them again. 3 18.75%
No, I've never managed to give up biting my nails. 5 31.25%
I've never bitten my nails. 1 6.25%
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Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 07:50 AM

As the title asks. Have any of you (who have been nail biters in the past) actually managed to give up for good? I've bitten my nails since I was a kid and although I've tried really hard to stop, I've always gone back to it.

I'm not looking for advice on this thread, just a general question to everyone.


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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 08:40 AM

Nope..haha

I formed the habit since early childhood and have yet to brake it (I'm 19 yrs old) and I still bit my nails to the "bone".. hehe


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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 08:50 AM

I bit my nails compulsively and extensively (I'm talking to the point that my nail bed was moved back) during my entire childhood/adolescence but when I was 19 I quit for about six months, started again.... and about five months ago I stopped again. I have awesome nails, except for keeping them on the long side because I still can't believe I have awesome nails.
I do still bite my cuticles, however..
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 09:11 AM

I did it compulsively all throughout childhood until I turned about 12/13.
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 10:07 AM

Yep, I used to bite them about 3 years ago, but then I realised how much it hurt my fingers and it was difficult for me to do things such as type and text, so I quit.

My boyfriend bites his nails and it drives me insane! I now hate people biting their nails!!


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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 01:35 PM

For the most part, yes. I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but now I very rarely do it.




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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 01:52 PM

I bite my fingernails a lot, but what's worse is I bite the skin around them (the tip of the pad) to avoid biting them as much.
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 02:55 PM

Nope, I've tried to stop but it only works if I have my nails painted but then as soon as the paint wears off/comes off. I chew them! I've always. Chewed my nails and it's a bad habit of mine.



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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 21st 2012, 03:08 PM

The most I've ever gone without biting my nails is three weeks. I bite them when I'm anxious, which is a lot, so I haven't been able to quit it.
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 07:10 AM

I used to bite my nails like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee....

No, in all seriousness, it was an accident I stopped. I got braces and my teeth hurt to much to bite them.
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 08:24 AM

I used to bite them A LOT! Then I started applying nail polish and taking care of them and I automatically stopped when they looked good



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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 01:55 PM

I used to bite them, and I usually stop after I get them done at the nail salon but I've realized I can't stand having them longer than my finger because they hurt and get in the way so I usually end up biting them and then filing it down. I'm okay with this.



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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 03:28 PM

I used to bite my nails and my fingers. I got that bitter spray stuff that they usually use for pets and put it on my hands. No more...


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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 03:33 PM

I stopped because of hurting my front tooth. I can bite with it fine after seeing the dentist, but I don't want to start again.
   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 03:44 PM

I never chewed my nails, instead I had long hair and I chewed on my hair or sleeves instead. Really gross, right? I stopped by chewing gum, and I've heard it's helped other people stop biting their nails too.



   
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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 09:41 PM

I'm a really bad nail biter, to the point where it is painful. I'm right now about two weeks clean from biting them, as I'm trying to grow them out to try this really cute nail art. But overall, I can't say I've "stopped" because it hasn't been long enough, and I think I'll probably go right back to it.


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Re: Has anyone ever managed to stop biting their nails? - May 28th 2012, 09:47 PM

I bite my nails, but when I have gum I don't. I don't mind because when I find them short enough I stop chewing, because I hate the feeling of too-short nails.


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