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Nail Biting Could Be A Sign Of Perfectionism

According to researchers in Quebec, what may be seen as a nervous tick, may actually be what perfectionists do when they’re bored.

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Subsequently, the nail-biters were identified as organizational perfectionists. As reported by Scientific American, organizational perfectionism is characterized by a tendency to over-plan, over-work and become frustrated by a lack of activity.

According to a stress management expert on About.com, perfectionists are high achievers who get frustrated or beat themselves up when their goals aren’t met.


Nail-biting helps perfectionists feel less frustrated in the present. As you might expect, it helps them release some of that pent up energy and intention.

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