And I commented.
I bit my nails from the moment I stopped sucking my thumb. As soon as I gave up chewing my nails, the smoking started. I gave up the fags, and the nail biting resumed.
Oral fixation, much?
And I realised that yes, indeed, I do probably have an oral fixation.
An oral fixation (also oral craving) is a fixation in the oral stage of development manifested by an obsession with stimulating the mouth (oral) first described by Sigmund Freud, who thought infants are naturally and adaptively in an oral stage, but if weaned too early or too late, may fail to resolve the conflicts of this stage and develop a maladaptive oral fixation. In later life, these people may constantly "hunger" for activities involving the mouth.
A child who is not fed enough or is fed too much may become orally fixated as an adult.
Oral fixations are considered to contribute to over-eating, being overly talkative, smoking addictions, overindulging in sugar, chewing on straws and toothpicks, and even alcoholism. Another indicator is constant nail biting, putting fingers in the mouth ...........
I have no idea if I was overfed or underfed or when I was "weaned" as a child - I was a baby of the late 1960's when bottle feeding was totally "in". Aside from that hazy bit though, let's have a look at the rest of my oral history-
0-6 months - apparently screamed the whole time
6 months - apparently I found my thumb, and the screaming stopped, much to the intense relief of my parents and elder siblings....
6 months - age 11 - committed thumb sucker
Age 11 - gave up thumb sucking and almost instantly replaced this habit with another - nail biting
Age 13 - Desperate to have painted nails, so used will power and liberal amounts of "Stop and Grow" to give up nail biting. Was successful. Also highly successful in starting smoking.
Age 13 - Age 40 - Smoked liked a trooper. Had lovely nails. Overate everything and anything. Long periods of lushness. Constant chewer of pens, gum, toothpicks etc. High level of over-talkativeness.
Age 39 - Gave up overeating. Switched to sucking Chupa Chups
Age 40 - After 27 years, gave up smoking. Maintained over talkativeness.
Age 41 - Started chewing my nails again.
I suspect, at this rate, thumb sucking is due to resume sometime in the new year.........