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The Girl Who Bites Her Nails and the Man Who Is Always Late

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This look at people's most common habits and their meanings argues that unconscious behavior is often the physical manifestation of an emotional state of mind. Habits that seem to ease tension in the short term--such as nailbiting, and cigarette smoking--may actually be detrimental to a person's health or relationships, and understanding the issues behind such familiar habits is the first step toward changing these behaviors. A catalog of 70 common habits includes relevant case studies and concrete ways that have worked to overcome each specific negative behavior pattern.
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Introduction HABITS: AN OVERVIEW 1. Habits and why they develop See-saws and swings; The Good, the Bad and what is Ugly; Habits and patterns; Habits as helpers 2. Stress and habits Surging Stress Levels; How do you know if you are highly stressed?; Victim versus Victor; Eliminating stress 3. What is the difference between a habit, an addiction and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)? What is an obsession?; Compulsions; How do I identify a habit from an OCD; Healing OCD and when to get outside help; How do I identify a habit from an addiction?; How habits are formed; Recovering: Why learning more about ourselves is useful 4. Healing your Habits Can you change your habits?; Why we find it hard to stop a habit; Change your hairstyle, change your life; Change is how we grow; What are your triggers and how to identify them; Hindering your habits EXAMINGING ACTUAL HABITS 5. The breath of life Habits that affect our lungs and respiratory system: Burping; Holding your breath; Hyperventilating; Sighing; Smoking; Sneezing; Sniffing; Snoring; Sucking air in through closed lips 6. Chew on thisBehaviour that involves the mouth, biting and chewing: The Mouth in general; Biting; Chewing; Gum chewing; Eating too fast and too much; Eating habits: Craving particular food types; Tobacco chewing; Nail-biting; Skin next to the nail : biting; Teeth grinding; Sucking; Sucking in air or aerophagy; Spitting; Vomiting 7. Do that to me one more time....Sexual behavior: Anal sex; Cross-dressing; Exhibitionism; Fetishism; Pedophilia; Sado-masochism; Voyeurism or scopophilia 8. Antics we get to do as we ageHabits of the elderly: Forgetfulness; Hearing Loss; Dippy with Dementia; Incontinence 9. Saying it like it is Habits involving speech: A word on sound; Garrulous; Interrupting; Speaking fast; Speaking loudly; Speaking in a monotone; Speaking through the nose; Stuttering; Whining 10. Horrendous habitsBizarre and Unusual habits: e.g. The toe-twiddling interviewer; The man who pulled his trousers&;â § the man who played with his crotch; Squeezing other peoples blackheads and pimples; Shaving or cutting our pubic hair; Bumping into people; Sex and the bizarre; The man who banged his head; Hoarding etc. 11. Tots and tantrums Children's behavior: Bed-wetting; Bragging; Bullying; Constantly needing to go to the toilet; Defecating problems; Farting; Head-banging; Interrupting; Picking your nose; Tantrums 12. Better late than never Procrastination and Punctuality: Optimism; Crisis management; Self-deception; Perfectionism; Afraid of failure; Control and manipulate etc. 13. The games we playManipulative habits: Lying; Criticizing; Sulking 14. Habits that Harm Habits that seriously affect our lives: Self-harming; Hair-pulling; Skin-picking; Shop-lifting; Kleptomania BibliographyIndex

About the Author

Ann Gadd is an exhibiting artist, writer, facilitator of Create Yourself Art Workshops, Reiki Master, Footologist, transformational counselor and speaker. In addition to this, Ann was co-director of an advertising agency, illustrator and writer of two cartoon books, illustrator of two children's school books, and South African National Boardsailing Champion. She has spent over 20 years studying art, symbology, philosophy, soul psychology and the body/mind connection and has been facilitating workshops on art and transformation for some time now.

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