Is biting nail, sign of perfectionist?

             There has been a study in the institute universitaire en santé mentale de Montreal and the University of Montreal, Canada, on the repetitive behaviour of pulling hair, biting nails and picking skin by some frustrated individuals. The result shows that the participants engage in these repetitive behaviour only when they are under stress, but not when they are relaxed. The study was conducted among 24 individuals having these behaviour and compared them with 24 others who do not have this. According to the authors of the study-which is published in the journal of behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry-these results confirm   that the  participants  engage  in    these   behaviour   when   they are under stress or when they feel bored or frustrated, and as such are not simply "nervous" habits. Repetitive behaviour may be 'perfectionistic'. One of the authors, O'Connor explains the study's findings: "We believe that individuals with these repetitive behaviour may be perfectionistic, meaning that they are unable to relax and to perform tasks at a 'normal' pace.

            They are, therefore,  prone to frustration,  impatience  and  dissatisfaction  when they do not  reach their goals.  They also experience  greater  levels of  boredom." However,  as impulse control  disorders  are  typically  blamed  on  a  person's  upbringing  or  life  experiences, these findings were considered significant as they offered a biological basis for these conditions.


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