THE HABIT ex­pert

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“Like all fix­a­tions, nail bit­ing de­vel­ops out of rep­e­ti­tion and re­ward. If you bite your nails one day when you’re feel­ing anx­ious, you may feel slight pain, which is dis­tract­ing. That’s the re­ward,” ex­plains Wendy Wood, pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. “The next time you feel anx­ious, you do the same thing—un­til it be­comes rou­tine. Try sub­sti­tut­ing bit­ing with another ac­tion, such as chew­ing gum ev­ery time you feel the urge.”

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