It could be an intense football game, with both teams tied as the clock winds down. Television cameras pan over the audience, showing members of the crowd looking anxious. “It’s a real nail-biter,” the commentator says as the teams set up for their next play.
It might also be a scary movie or a thriller, with each scene bringing an unexpected surprise. Or it could even be the fear of the unknown and confusion in one’s own personal life. We call those events “nail-biters,” too – but are stressful conditions really the causes of the habit?
The debate about nail-biting has certainly been a long-raging one. Perhaps the most frequent question is whether or not it’s a healthy habit. Another common query is how those who constantly chew their nails can stop doing so.