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nail-biting

Causing intense anxiety or nervousness, usually implying an uncertain outcome that will have important consequences. Forsberg's late goal has tied the game and created a nail-biting final period. We felt confident going into election day, but it's been a nail-biting last few hours.
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2 percent participant described nail biting as an automatic behavior.
Around 66 percent of nail biters reported feeling tension before biting their nails while, by 42 percent took pleasure from the act of nail biting.
Nail biting incidence rates range from 5 to 29% in childhood (Garde et al.
Four items measure severity of each BFRB (hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking) by assessing frequency of the urge to engage in the BFRB, amount of control over the urge, and frequency and duration of each behavior over the last week.
For some people, nail biting may be a sign of a more serious psychological or emotional problem," said Dr.
Results: Results indicated a remarkable difference with nail biting frequency decreasing 50 Percent in the intervention phase compared to the pre-intervention period.
ABA procedures have shown effectiveness in the treatment of various problems including nail biting which according to former researches effects 28 Percent to 33 Percent of children ages 7-10 years old, 44 Percent of adolescents, 19 Percent to 29 Percent of young adults, and 5 Percent of later adults.
One common causal explanation suggests at nail biting is evoked by states of "tension" or "anxiety" (Hadley, 1984).
Thus, the environmental restriction theory would predict an increase in nail biting under conditions of low motoric activity.
nervous tics, nail biting, enuresis), people-pleasing behaviors, social isolation, concerns about parents, and physical symptoms (e.
No point denying that many of us indulge into nail biting to express different kinds of emotion.
You'd be amazed the damage nail biting causes, not to mention the nasty little germs you're eating.
Nail biting is usually considered to be an annoying habit that, at its worst, can lead to cosmetic problems.
Nail biting is a vicious circle because a child is more likely to bite their nails when they're brittle, making them even more brittle.