Biting is a primal form of fighting – just observe small children who happily bite others when they are not getting their way. For animals biting is the prime form of attack or defense.
Habits reduce stress, which is why we do them. Even the habits that are harmful to us, such as hair-pulling, smoking or gambling, bring with them instant relief, yet long-term guilt. This causes us greater stress, which we relieve by repeating our habit, and so the circle is perpetuated.
We may lie, cheat, procrastinate, bite our nails, battle to be punctual, snore, drink too much coffee, smoke or perform a hundred other habits.
Whilst you may feel it’s perfectly acceptable to hang onto the size 8’s in your wardrobe, (hoping that inspite of your passion for Twinkie bars and good wine, you’ll shrink from size 14’s to fit them again), it’s another matter storing every magazine you’ve ever read since 1981. (And why is that no sooner than we have thrown something away we need it?)
How often do you say, “I’m fine,” when you are not?
How often do you find yourself really angry and resentful?
You’ve bitten your nails for ages. You know it’s unsightly, you’ve
tried every remedy available, but still, when you get stressed you
Many people have admitted to a wide variety of habits, from nail-biting to hair twirling, but only one person has had the courage to say “I lie.”
The idea that our emotional, mental and spiritual state has an affect on our physical health is now widely accepted.
Ever found yourself twirling your hair around your finger? Or noticed a colleague playing with their hair?
Ever woken up and felt your jaw to be sore, had a dull headache or earache that disappears as the day wears on, had facial pain or sensitive teeth?