#1
Who else is a finger eater? I'm not talking about nail bitters but, people who chew the skin off their fingers. It's actually pretty common among guitar players because they like to chew the calluses right off.

But, with me, I've been doing it for about 6 years now and it has progressed to me not only chewing the calluses, but also the part of my thumb where it gets to the joint area. I'll let heal a little and then just re peal it off. Sometimes I'll even ingest the skin.

It's disgusting and I always feel ashamed whenever I'm around doctors and such. I've searched it on the net and apparently it's a form of self mutilation but just one that's not as popular as cutting yourself.

I hope some sort of medical study is done on this and information is released on what might help at stopping. I've tried many ways but nothing seems to work. The problem is, I catch myself doing it without even knowing that I'm doing it... sigh.
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#2
I've been doing it since 3rd grade (I'm in 11th now).
I told my self I would quit when I picked up guitar, but still do it.
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#3
Its weird. My ex girlfriend used to do that when she was nervous, and it got to the point that she would do it all the time. I made her stop(by saying stop and pulling her hands down) and she stopped for months, then her boyfriend broke up with her and she does it again.

Its just a habit, you just have to force yourself to stop and have self control. Its just like any other habit. It can be broken with enough self control.
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#4
I never tear the skin off.

Actually, I don't bite my fingers at all. I do, however, gnaw at my arm during class and see how long it takes people to notice.

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Its weird. My ex girlfriend used to do that when she was nervous, and it got to the point that she would do it all the time. I made her stop(by saying stop and pulling her hands down) and she stopped for months, then her boyfriend broke up with her and she does it again.

Its just a habit, you just have to force yourself to stop and have self control. Its just like any other habit. It can be broken with enough self control.



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#8
I thought i was the only one but yep i hate the habit i have of it same as TS's i'm trying to learn some self control but its become a habit
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#10
I've never been a nail biter or a finger eater.
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#11
I bite my callouses... heh
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I never tear the skin off.

Actually, I don't bite my fingers at all. I do, however, gnaw at my arm during class and see how long it takes people to notice.

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yes i'm sure the ladies love you.

anywho, i don't chew my fingers but i do bite my nails (the lesser of two evils)
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#15
i don't bite, i pick

i'm getting better, my man motivates me to stop... but it's seriously more of a psychological issue. so. i try as hard as i can.

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#16
Yeah my parents are always telling me that it's something wrong in my brain! Awesome job parents.

I think it is psychological a bit though too. Maybe stress related... who knows.
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#17
I sometimes bite my fingers when I'm thinking. Not hard or anything, just enough that it won't fall out if I let my arm go limp.

No worries, mate, if you're off your rocker - I'm probably just as far gone.
#21
Hell, I've been doing that since I can remember. I never thought anything of it before, other than don't do it in front of people. But self mutilation? Jesus.
#22
Guilty.
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#23
try eating food. and leave your fingers alone!
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#24
I'll bite dead pieces of skin off if they're hanging or causing an issue like uncomfort but what you're describing sounds nasty.
#25
I do this really bad..

Like if i go swimming or have a shower my skin goes soft and everything and you can actually see every single bitemark, my fingers look mutilated..

Its at the point where I bite them till they bleed and then I realize I'm doing it when it starts to hurt.. D=
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#27
yeah i always chew the calluses of my fingers, dunno why, it doesnt even taste of anything.
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#28
I always chew my finger tips and the bit of skin covering the bottom of the nail - Occasionally it'll rip into the proper skin and start bleeding... its really quite fun
#29
yep I do it, I've never met anyone else who does it either : o
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#30
Used to when I was a kid. Somehow I just stopped. Don't even know how or why (I got laid lol)

Nowadays I bite my lip instead. Back to step one >_>