When Your Wife Bites Her Cuticles Fairly Nonstop

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October 12, 2009

There isn't anything you can do to make your wife stop chewing and picking her cuticles. Trust me. I have been doing it for 26 years (i'm 31) and have been married for 11 years. There is nothing ANYONE could say to me to get me to quit. It's WAY too satisfying and too much of an unconscience habit at this point. Your wife will need to do this on her own...sorry to take away your hope.

October 14, 2009

I am 30 years old and have been biting at my cuticles since my early teens. I remember being grossed out if my mom were to touch me with her fingers, which were always bitten up, red, crusty, and generally gross. Now, those are my fingers. I am convinced the desire is somewhat hereditary and the behavior is learned. As much as I rationally know that the behavior is undesired and the results will be atrocious, I continue to bite at my cuticles. There are some nights that I go to bed with band-aids and neosporin on every cuticle. I rub Burt's Bees on my cuticles on the nights when I have bitten them down and no longer wish to bite. I have been reading about Habit Reversal Training, and think I might look into it further as a way to stop this annoying, painful, and unsightly habit. It would mean visits to a therapist, but I think it will be worth it to finally be able to keep my hands in plain view while around colleagues and superiors. Just something you may want to mention to your wife.