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Focused after trimming nails?

Do you feel more focused after you trim your fingernails and toenails?






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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

much more focused

toenail clipping releases a massive amount of dopamine
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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

This topic of trimming fingernails reminds me of something in John Ratey's book, Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders. There is a chapter in which he talks about the kind of metaphorical, mental "white noise" which occurs in depression or ADHD or other mental disorders so that our brains "cease to function as the quiet reflective center of an ordered world" and we become "noisy on the inside." This figurative noise, he says, is "metaphorically akin to the very low signal-to-noise ratio of a radio channel filled with static."

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Internal noise affects our ability to work efficiently...For one thing, many people in a state of noise cope by "focusing down" - by drastically narrowing their field of vision. Biting fingernails can be a way of focusing down: when an individual becomes absorbed in the act of biting his nails, his brain feels, for those moments, calmer, more organized. He is focused upon a very small field of action. Pacing offers the same organizing, noise-reducing effect. (Hobbies, too, are often a highly adaptive way of achieving the same result. Collecting, gardening, knitting, cooking, tinkering with the car - all are productive and soothing ways of focusing down on one narrowly defined activity.)
So, I'm sure that cutting fingernails does the same things. It's a way of "focusing down" to a narrowly defined activity which has the benefit of reducing our internal "noise" and makes us feel calmer and more organized.
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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

I'm screwed!! I chew my fingernails and toenails. -LN


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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

Believe me, when I finally decide to do LOL's nails because NO ONE ELSE will, I do it as fast as I can and then run around the house to get away from all of it.

I leave the clippings for the housekeeper and pretend they aren't there.

The focus is what makes me do it, getting all Fu Manchu-like catching in the carpeting, she only goes barefoot. Radiant floor heat is the Old Girl's dream.
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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

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This topic of trimming fingernails reminds me of something in John Ratey's book, Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders. There is a chapter in which he talks about the kind of metaphorical, mental "white noise" which occurs in depression or ADHD or other mental disorders so that our brains "cease to function as the quiet reflective center of an ordered world" and we become "noisy on the inside." This figurative noise, he says, is "metaphorically akin to the very low signal-to-noise ratio of a radio channel filled with static."

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So, I'm sure that cutting fingernails does the same things. It's a way of "focusing down" to a narrowly defined activity which has the benefit of reducing our internal "noise" and makes us feel calmer and more organized.
Thank you, this is very insightful information... i have been wondering all my life, why i still suck my thumb as a grownup in certain moments, or bite my nails compulsively when i don't have nail polish on... really, hours can go by on 1 single nail, it's a repetition of working my teeth onto a very subtle part, that doesn't come of easy, and once i'm 'in it' it keeps pulling me back, it's even a reason for being too late sometimes.

Smoking possible does the same thing?

And since a year, after my first panic attack before my diagnose, i have this white noise in my head. I never made the connection this way!
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Re: Focused after trimming nails?

Mental white noise!
I've been looking for a way to describe my adhd, that's it;
and didn't realize the extent of it until I started meds.
20 mg ritalin - the first time I tried this dose, it simply stopped.

cutting nails doesn't relax me, but I feel calm when it's done because it usually had been bothering me. Also: fixing chipped nail polish.
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Thank you, this is very insightful information... i have been wondering all my life, why i still suck my thumb as a grownup in certain moments, or bite my nails compulsively when i don't have nail polish on... really, hours can go by on 1 single nail, it's a repetition of working my teeth onto a very subtle part, that doesn't come of easy, and once i'm 'in it' it keeps pulling me back, it's even a reason for being too late sometimes.

Smoking possible does the same thing?

And since a year, after my first panic attack before my diagnose, i have this white noise in my head. I never made the connection this way!
Yea. I bite my thumb or index finger. Sometimes to a callous

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much more focused

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Shut the front door!! I never knew that!
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Yea. I bite my thumb or index finger. Sometimes to a callous

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