Bite Your Nails? Pull Your Hair? Anxiety May Not Be to Blame! Find Out Why! by Mei Marcie

4 years ago
Bite Your Nails? Pull Your Hair? Anxiety May Not Be to Blame! Find Out Why!

We typically associate behaviors like hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting with anxiety. An exploratory study suggests that such behaviors (known as body-focused repetitive behaviors or "BFRBs") may instead be linked to perfectionism.

Half of the participants in the study exhibited BFRBs and were also scored as organizational perfectionists, while the other half were part of a control group. The participants were shown various videos to elicit boredom, frustration, stress and relaxation. The BFRB group reported a significantly greater urge to engage in BFRBs, in particular when bored or frustrated, but not when stressed. 

The study was published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Read more about this study via Scientific American.

Overcoming Perfectionism: 5 Ways to Help Avoid Anxiety & Depression & Find Peace!

Want Free Stress Relief? Here are 3 Ways to Relieve Anxiety Naturally!

The ​Sandwich Generation: 9 Emotional & Financial Stressors It Can Create for Women

Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Fascinating! Thank you for sharing, Mei Marcie !
Renee Herren
I know that this is not a recent tip but I am glad that it was shared. Many assume BFRBs are linked to OCD, anxiety, or that’s it’s just a bad habit. It is so much more though. My son has a very specific BFRB and I can’t begin to tell you how this has impacted him, me, and my family.
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Renee Herren : I was going to make sure you saw this! Very interesting!
This is really interesting and impacts a lot of people I know

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Body-Mind Connection: 3 Ways to Be More Aware of How the Mind Affects the Body

Being Grateful Can Make Us Happier: 3 ​Steps to Take Gratitude With You Year-Round

Mindfulness, Meditation & Parenting: 5 Mindful Mantras for Moms & Dads

Jigsaw Puzzles Are Back: 5 Healthy Benefits of Doing Puzzles As a Family

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for and get the best of our tips each week!