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Nail Biting Hypnosis Script

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Stop Biting Nails Hypnosis Script

Free Nail Biting Hypnosis Script

Nail biting is a compulsion for many people. Biting fingernails, sucking nails, chewing nails all lead to ugly hands, bad nails and loss of function. The nail biting habit is unconscious and automatic. Many nail biters are ashamed of their habit but don't know how to stop. Every nail biter is different, some people only bite their nails occasionally, some bite their nails all the time. Most nail biting cures like creams and barriers only work for a short time, and then the habit starts again.

Nailbiting and Hypnosis

Nail biting is a nervous habit associated with stress. Hypnosis removes the cause of the nail biting. This script works because each section of the script deals with a different psychological aspect of nail biting. The script has a guide to how each section works and what work each line is doing. This client was a drummer in a band, so some parts are specific to his unique situation.

Nail Biting Hypnosis Script

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INDUCTION SECTION
  Comment
  And now I would like you take one deep breath and hold it.    
  And... just let it go...... that's good.    
  And in moment I am going to ask you to take another deep breath and hold it... This time when you let it go... let go of all the tension in your body ... let go of all the tension in your shoulders and your arms...    
  Another deep breath hold it and really let go... that's good.    
  And now another one and this time let go all the tension in your body...    
  That's good.... let it all go... and now resume breathing normally....    
  And with each breath out ... the voice in your mind... it says.... "you are getting more relaxed"  with each breath...   "Repeat the instructions" induction
  Deeper and deeper relaxed...    
  That's right.....   pacing
  Just allow yourself to relax totally.   pacing
  You are doing very well....   Rapport
  You don't have to do anything.... you don't have to think... you don’t have to listen... you don't have to do anything particularly.... Just allow yourself to enjoy that lovely gentle feeling...    
  Allow that relaxation to go through your body    
  And now [clientname] I would like you to relax your eyes.... Really relax those little muscles around your eyes.... focus on those tiny, tiny muscles.... the ones that control your eyelids....   Modified Elman induction
  And just feel those eyes.... totally... relaxed. D  
  Shut down hard D  
  ... as if they are glued together.... D  
  And those eyes are so relaxed you couldn't open them if you tried. D  
  And you could try opening them... and you could be surprised at the result....   Depth test
  That's right... your eyes are completely relaxed...   [no response]
  And now allow that relaxation to spread ... from your eyes... down through your cheeks.... down your neck...   Short relaxation induction
  Feel it going through your shoulders and your arms and down through your body and all the way down into your legs....    
  So that you are totally relaxed...    
  And allow yourself to enjoy that feeling... of total relaxation    

 

 
Deepener Section
   
  And I wonder if you can imagine a big old house somewhere?.....   dissociation
  .... with a fence... and a big garden... and maybe there are trees....    
  ... it’s the sort of house that families grew up in... generations of people.... living and laughing.....   engage personal experience
  There's been weddings and christenings and funerals... and birthday parties and happy times....   engage visualisation
  ...inside that house... there's a staircase....    
  And you can find yourself at the top of that staircase....    
  ...and I don't know if that staircase is wood or marble... or carpet.... doesn't matter.....   all alternatives
  ...and there can be a handrail....   safety
  ...and you can imagine yourself beginning to go down those steps.... because at the bottom there is a door....    
  ... and behind that door is a wonderful thing, for you.   anticipation, safety
  ... and you can begin to go down those steps now ... and with every step you get more relaxed.... and deeper into trance   standard staircase deepener
  and so TEN going down.... deeper relaxed... and NINE deeper still.....    
  ... and EIGHT.... deeper relaxed...    
  ..and SEVEN... down and down...    
  .. and SIX...    
  And feel yourself sinking into that chair... wonderfully supported as if you are lying on a fleecy cloud... just allowing yourself to drift.....   dissociation
  ...and FIVE.... deeper and deeper.....    
  ...and FOUR .... down and down....    
  ... and THREE....    
  ....and TWO....    
  ...and there is one step left....    
  ... and when you go off that one step there is just zero....and you go through the centre of that zero.... through a black void of nothingness... safe and warm and comfortable...your mind is completely relaxed....    
  ....and the only thing of importance is the sound of my voice...    

 

 
DEPTH TEST SECTION
   
  And in front of you there is a door....    
  What colour is that door? V Depth test
  White.    
  It's white.    
  And what else about that door?    
  It's got a lock on the front....    
  Uhuh    
  And does that door open inwards or outwards?    
  Out    
  It opens outwards.    
  And you can open that door, can't you?   safety test
  Uhuh.    

 

 
SELF ESTEEM METAPHOR SECTION
   
  So, now I would like you to open that door, and go through it. And inside you find yourself inside a large room..... and there are people in that room.    
  There are all the people you know in that room.... and all the people who know you ... and they are all smiling .... and looking at you... and as you walk in the room they all begin to applaud politely... and they start talking to each other ... and as you go in you meet one group and another group... and your family is there.... and people from school ... and people you met socially ... and there are people who moved away and people you haven't seen for years... and everyone who loves you is there...and everyone that you love is there...  And that room is filled with love and affection...and acceptance...   Visualisation
  And underneath it all there is a deep and abiding feeling of calm .... and you begin to flow and float into that feeling of calm...   dissociation
Capability And you begin to feel... that there is no need for any tension or anxiety... that there are things you can leave behind.... things you don't need any more... because so many people love you and respect you ..... and maybe they don't say so ... but they really do... > indirect suggestion
Identity And as you walk around that room you hear .. people talking in the distance.... people talking to each other... and you hear someone saying.... "that [clientname] is so adventurous, he is going to [placename]. Did you know that?". And someone replies "Yes! And he is going to be a star musician. His performance is outstanding".... "He doesn't give himself credit. He is really good".   Validate the client's self belief
Capability And further over... someone else is saying "I think [clientname] has a great future ahead of him. I think that young man can go so far...and be anything he wants to be.... do anything he wants.... because he is capable....and he is competent.... and he has such a focus... that he knows where he is going now...you watch that young man.... in a few years you will see his name everywhere"...     Indirect validation of client's life and choices.
Identity And further along you hear someone else talking... and they are saying...."I am so proud of [clientname] ... I have always been proud of him... but now he has just excelled... I couldn't have asked for a better son... he has become everything I have longed for... and maybe I didn't say it enough... but it is true.... " and the other person says... " yes, you are so lucky to have someone like that.... a good, decent boy.... who knows where he is going... who has picked a career for himself.... ".   Self esteem - confirmation of love and acceptance from important figures
Identity And you continue on.... feeling that acceptance of all those people.... and all their good wishes... and you reach the door in the far end of the room and you look back ... and they are all standing there... young people and old people.... they are smiling.... and they are all looking at you with such warmth and acceptance ...   Sensory distortion
memory and you stand in the doorway and look back....and as you do you begin to remember... each of these people... and what you remember about them is the success you had....and your life has been a series of successes. It might not have seemed like that at the time ... D  

 

 
Reconnection Section: past successes
   
Capability But you have had success after success.... there was a time you know when you couldn't tie your shoelaces. And that became a success... that was important to you... and there was time when you couldn't write ... you didn't know how to tell the difference between a D and a B.... and that was so important to that little boy....and that was a success.... and there was a time when making friends was a problem... and that became a success....   reconnect to past successes
Identity And when you think about it, [clientname] your life has been full of successes, in fact it has been one success after another.... and I know there have been setbacks.... but you have been successful at so many things...   Reframing
Capability,
Identity
And every year.... every month... a new success.... a new test passed.... a new ability.... and you have the ability to learn... it's a wonderful gift... you have the ability.... to decide to do something and when you decide to do something, you do it. Nothing stops you... you are a determined person... you have the ability to see things through... D Repetition of "ability"
Behaviour And you have come here today and you are sitting in that seat breathing quietly... because you have a problem.... and that problem comes back... but you have come here today because you have decided that that problem is over. That you are never going to have a problem with your nails again...you are never going to chew your nails again D Validate problem, pacing
  And this will become another one of your successes. D  
memory And you will be able to look back on this day ... and remember this as one of your most unexpected successes. D Time distortion

 

 
Nail biting self CONTROL SECTION
   
Capability ...another time when you demonstrated your own power, your own ability, your own competence... because you have control... you have choice in everything you do... >
D
Complex equivalence
Capability You can choose what to wear, can't you? You can choose what you eat, can't you? You can choose where you go and who you see... and you can choose to control what your body does. You can choose to have perfect nails... >  
Identity Because you are in control...[clientname], you are in total control. You have success, and ability and competence, and you have control. D  
Identity If you decide that something is not going to happen, then it is not going to happen. That is within your control... And you can have beautiful nails... D  

 

 
FingerNails VISUALISATIONS SECTION
   
memory I would like you now to think of a time about a week from now ... when you look at your hands and you see your nails have been growing... and how good they look... how smart and grown up they look... and I'd like you to see yourself a month from now, when your nails are full size... strong.... long... complete... the way you want them D Time distortion,
Visualisation
Capability And see yourself... it might be in a bar.... might be at a gig.... standing with friends... strangers.. and you stand there and you talk with your hands and you gesticulate and you point ... and they are looking at your fingers... and they are thinking "Wow, those are the fingers of a drummer". "Look how well he looks after his fingers." And inside you feel a feeling of pride... accomplishment.. and that makes you feel so good.... having long strong finger nails makes you feel so good. > Sensory Distortion
Identity And see yourself at a party, after a gig... something like that... and you are holding a glass... and people are looking at you and they are looking at the glass and they are seeing your hand wrapped around the glass... and you are seeing your hand wrapped around the glass as well.... and you have got perfect fingernails. Trimmed and neat... a man's fingernails... and the thumb too.... as you hold the glass you can see your thumb and you can see your fingers.... and they all match up and they are all perfect...  just the way you want them... D Visualisation
Capability And then another time.... see yourself picking up a roll of Sellotape.... a roll of duct tape maybe.... and you run your finger around it... and your nail catches on that hard to get bit... and you just peel the duct tape off.... you just peel it right off... catch it in your fingernail... and see yourself picking up pins and coins.... peeling an orange.... easily .... smoothly.... and how good does that make you feel? to know that this demonstrates your control.... your ability... your competence.... > Visualisation
memory Demonstrates that you have made a decision today.... that will last forever... it will last so long that there will come  a time when you have forgotten all about it...  you will just act naturally and normally.... and your nails will be of no interest ... = amnesia
identity I wonder if you have ever played cards? ... and you can see everyone holding their cards up and you look at their nails... and you look at the nails on your left hand and your right hand ... on the table there... and you know you've got perfect nails... and a good hand... a good hand of cards.... that's three good hands!... a left hand a right hand and a hand of cards... and I wonder how good that makes you feel? Because other people's nails are sometimes not so good.... but yours are perfect now... D repeating "good hands"
Identity Now imagine you stretching both hands out in front of you... and you look at the palm and the fingers and you turn them over... and there... strong.. long nails... exactly the way they should be ... exactly the way you want them... you've got those nails now... I wonder if you can feel them growing? D Visualisation,
Sensory distortion

 

 
Nail growth METAPHOR SECTION
   
  Because you know [clientname] nothing can stop your nails growing. Nothing can stop you doing what you want. D  
Capability You have come to New Zealand... And I wonder if you know that New Zealand.... the whole country... is moving towards Australia in a great geological movement ... and as that geological movement occurs... Mount Cook is being pushed up in the South Island ... that mountain is being pushed up, right now.... at the same speed that your nails are growing ...and over weeks and months that mountain gets higher and higher.... and over a lifetime that mountain gets enormously long and strong and big.... and that is how your nails are... that's how you want your nails to be... like Mount Cook.... solid, enduring.... strong.... standing out proud.... a symbol.... a symbol of what you want....  

Anchor memories of the time in NZ with capability of nails.

Visualisation

 

 
PRIDE IN APPEARANCE of Nails
   
  And imagine those new hands... those new nails.... going to a jeweller's shop and having a watch fitted.... see yourself with that watch on your wrist... hear the assistant saying ..."Wow ... that looks really good on you, with your hands and those nails.... that really set you off.... that is so good...".   Visualisation,
Peer esteem
Identity And see yourself among friends, just being casual... maybe you've got your hand lying on an armchair... on the arm.... and people look at your hand.... and they take no notice.... because your hand looks the same as everyone else's.... your nails are perfect, [clientname]. D  
Capability You have chosen to take control of how your hands look. And you can choose any appearance you want.....and nothing can prevent you having that.... D  
memory And I would like you now to remember all those occasions when you had your nails exactly the way you wanted them.... perfect... the ideal way... and really see those nails now.... see how your hands looked.... enjoy that feeling you get of pride and ability and confidence....   Reconnection
Behaviour and see yourself in the future... with a nail file...an emery board... maybe even scissors... trimming those nails to just the right size... looking after them... making sure they are polished... just the right length....    Visualisation
Capability And every time you hold a drumstick.... those nails wrap around .... inside your hand, that drumstick... and knowing you've got solid nails... makes you feel better.... makes you feel so good, so in charge.... D Anchoring, Post hypnotic suggestion.
Identity And knowing that you can do that gives you such a feeling of pride ... and ability... and confidence... and you know that you will never again bite your nails or chew them or... anything... that seems out of your control..... oh, you can trim them if you want to ... but only at the right time and when they are long... because you have control... >
D
 

 

 
Nail biting POST HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS
   
Environment And any time.... maybe you feel a little anxious.... maybe there is a bit of stress... And that hand begins to move up towards your mouth...    
Behaviour, capability the hand will suddenly seem gigantic... it will look like a bunch of bananas..... that hand will grow in size and you will become aware of that hand....and as you become aware of the hand you will feel an irresistible force ... straightening your arm out... pushing it down... pushing it away from your mouth.. you will not be able to stand that force.... that force is so overwhelming... you hand will just be pushed down....and you will be back in control. D Sensory Distortion,
Post hypnotic suggestion
Behaviour And when that happens you will find yourself taking a deep breath ... and then letting it go.... and as you let it go all that tension will disappear.... and you will feel no stress... and will feel confident.. and able.. and capable....  and competent again..... > Provide alternative behaviour
  And by pushing that hand down... that same feeling of pride in your ability... of pride in your control will come back ... and will fill you body... will fill your chest.... it will you feel so good... and that will reinforce that feeling > Reward alternative behaviour
Behaviour so that the next time that hand even begins to move towards your mouth.... you will see it as gigantic and the feeling will break in and you will instantly push the hand down again.... that irresistible force will come down and will force your hand away... until it becomes automatic and it becomes so automatic that it never occurs to you to raise your hand towards your mouth... unless you are going to eat or do something useful... but it will never again be out of your control ... you are totally in charge. D Sensory Distortion,
Post hypnotic suggestion
Capability And that power is in both hands now... both arms are primed and ready.... the instant that hand goes towards your mouth that feeling will force it down... and you will feel so good that you have succeeded yet again.... and you will take a deep breath and let it out slowly... and fill yourself with that feeling.... of pride and relaxation mixed.....   Reward behaviour
Environment And any time you go into a situation where you might have chewed your nails in the past ... something inside you, some little thing happens ... that will just bubble up... like bubbles at the bottom of a lake, this little laugh will come up and you will laugh at yourself ... and that will remind you that this is a situation where you used to chew your nails and now you don't .... and that old situation was so silly .. stupid... unnecessary ... that you don't have it any more...and instead you get this little chuckle to yourself.... that tells you you are in control totally... >
D
Sensory distortion, post hypnotic suggestion
Behaviour and that you'll never start again....and you will have... for the rest of your life... perfect total nails... and there will never come a time when you chew your nails... because chewing your nails never achieved anything...  D Remove old belief
Environment And if your hand were to go anywhere near your mouth... you'll begin to feel a feeling of revulsion... of dirt... if your hand is there.... D Aversion Suggestion,
Sensory distortion
  and that will last only as long as the habit... and then it will be gone... and you can still put your hand in your mouth if you are cleaning your teeth or to eat or anything else... D safety limit
Capability,
Behaviour
but any time that hand goes up there to chew... the hand will appear gigantic.... like a boxing glove... or a banana... and the feeling in your mouth will be disgust... and your hand will just move straight down again because that arm will force it down... and as it forces it down.... once again you take a deep breath and fill yourself with relaxation and feeling good.... and remind yourself that you are in control.... totally. D Repeat of Aversion Suggestion,
Sensory distortion
Behaviour And a very strange thing will happen... that after you have had that feeling a few times... you'll lose all desire to chew your nails. You will lose all desire to do anything except to look after your nails... as if they were precious brothers and sisters.... You look after your nails...you clean them and polish them.... take pride in them... and they will just become a normal standard part of your body...   Post hypnotic suggestion ,
metaphor
memory And weeks and  months and years will go by and you will never even think about them. And you will forget totally ... that you used to chew them... Because that is just a habit and that's gone now....   Post hypnotic suggestion ,

 

 
RESTATEMENT of nail biting control
   
Capability, Behaviour, Identity From this moment onwards.... those new things will happen ... and you will be unable to chew your nails because it will be forced down and you will become aware of it because it will look huge. ....  and that taste will be in your mouth ... and as soon as your hand goes down the taste disappears... and your hand goes back to normal size.... and the feeling comes in, ... the feeling of feeling great... and that feeling... over time will grow more and more... and will wash out.... the little remnants of desire to chew your nails... because you know it's not any kind of solution..... It doesn't help. It's not who you are. D affirm new behavior and delete old belief
Identity Because you are a proud strong able young man. D  
Capability [clientname] is in control.  [clientname] knows what he wants. And [clientname] wants solid strong regular nails. And now he knows how to get them. D  
Capability [clientname] has the ability to take over... and totally change that behaviour... so that it just doesn't occur to him... and that's pretty good... isn't it? D Tag Question

 

 
Nail biting SELF CONVINCER
   
memory So now I would like you think back over all those successes you have had in your life.... and all those people with good wishes towards you.... and all those people who have applauded you .... and will applaud more in the future.   visualisation
Capability And bring that feeling of success ... and all those good feelings from those people... and focus them now in your hands... and just feel your hands tingle... and just feel your hands.... I don't know whether you'll feel one hand tingling or heavier than the other or.... maybe one hand will move or a finger will move.... but you will know that that has happened. And you will feel a difference D Sensory distortion
  And when you are ready to move on [clientname] I would like you to signal by allowing your subconscious to move a finger... or a thumb and we will just go on...   Depth test
  [thumb moves]    
  That's fine. That's very good. That tells you that you mind has taken an irrevocable decision > Bind
Capability That that habit is now in the past .... that's your guarantee. You now have the mechanism to overcome this.... D
>
 

 

 
Reorientation
   
Capability So in a moment... I am going to count up from five to one, not now, but in a moment. ... And when I get to one you will come back to the present... feeling really good about yourself... and knowing that something fundamental has changed.... and knowing that today and tomorrow and in the weeks to come.... you will see or feel or hear... little things that remind you... and I don't know what they are... but they will be little things that remind you... that things are different... and every one of those little things... it could be just a feeling that you get.... a sudden flash of colour maybe.... or just a note that you didn't expect.... and that will remind you ... of everything we've said today....   Sensory discrimination
Identity and of your determination and how you've changed.... and how easy it is... to change... D Bind of implication
Rule Even long standing habits can't stand up to the power of your mind.... and your visualisation... and those abilities we've talked about.... >  
  So I am going to begin to start counting now...    
  FIVE    
  FOUR...you are beginning to get a little feeling back into your hands and feet....    
  THREE you can move your shoulders... begin to feel a little looser... taking deep breaths.... eyelids fluttering...    
  TWO getting ready for a big stretch.... and a smile, coming back to the present... eyelids fluttering... becoming aware of where you are....    
  ONE:  EYES OPEN, FULLY ALERT....    
  Welcome back.    

 

 

This Nail Biting hypnosis script can be adapted to deal with ending thumb sucking, skin picking and hair pulling.