4 Answers

  1. Nothing. Yes, the form of behavior is sometimes associated with the function of behavior (for example, we open the refrigerator to gain access to the food inside; for other purposes (to check if there is food there, to stop insistent requests to bring something from the refrigerator, etc.), we open the refrigerator much less often), but estimating the function of behavior by its form in the “general” case (for example, answering the question ” What can you say about the person opening the refrigerator?” with the phrase “He's hungry”), we're wrong.

    You can find out the function of nail biting in the person you are interested in yourself by finding out what events, thoughts, feelings, and sensations precede the beginning of nail biting and what happens when they bite their nails (how events, thoughts, feelings, and sensations change). This is called functional behavior analysis, and this is the only way to answer your question meaningfully.

  2. A person who bites his nails can be called nervous. He is also a bit of a masochist who tries to replace the excitement of external factors with physical pain.

  3. I once read that bad habits like nail biting are internal worries. That is, the soul is restless – you bite your nails. And it is very stupid to fight a bad habit, because you need to treat not the symptom, but the cause, that is, to deal with the problems and stop worrying.

    I suffer from nail biting myself, but only when I have something to worry about. And when everything is fine, the nails are intact. So, in my opinion, the article you read can be trusted completely.

  4. A man who often bites his nails is clearly nervous. If he is not concerned about anything, then this is just a bad habit, which he either did not try to get rid of, or he simply cannot do it.

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