Fingernail Biting

Theory, Research and Treatment

  • Norman H. Hadley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Norman H. Hadley
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  3. Norman H. Hadley
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  4. Norman H. Hadley
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-177

About this book


Everyone exhibits styles of movement and speech, traits and habits which are characteristic of them as people but do not contribute dir­ ectly to their purposeful activity at anyone time. Many of these will be expressions of personality of which the individual may be unaware or even cherish and which evoke a favorable or neutral response from others. Conversely, displays such as gross involuntary tics or compul­ sive rituals are a burden to the sufferer and are socially embarrassing or obnoxious. These may be manifestations of a more fundamental neurotic disorder or the product of deep-seated maladaptive learning. Nail-biting occupies a central position along such a spectrum. Al­ though it may serve as a tension-reducing or other functional device, few nail-biters would not wish to be rid of the habit but find it as difficult to eliminate as, say, an addiction to smoking. Even so, it cannot be considered abnormal in a psychiatric sense in that many nail-biters exhibit none of the traits and symptoms characteristic of mental disorder.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Norman H. Hadley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-6325-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-6323-1
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