Nail-biting,  Hair-Pulling, Scratching, Twitching

Jaw Clenching, Bruxism, Teeth Grinding, TMJ Syndrome

Bed-wetting, Painful Aches

Unwanted Habits, Gestures, Tics & Mannerisms

Obsessive Repetitive Patterns and Habits, OCD

Stammer - Repetitive Habits - Self Harm Etc

These problems cover a spectrum from the intermittent nuisance through to persistent and severely incapacitating patterns.  Generally they arise from the containment of tension in the system.

This may have roots in a variety of causes including anxiety and insecurity, perfectionist strivings or the avoidance of issues and suppression or the displacement of aggression.

Self harm is at the extreme end of this spectrum and generally has a much more complex structure.

The unconscious mind is very ingenious at using systemic weaknesses to dump tension; many conditions are related to deep processes - often through patterns of suggestion that have been taken on in unnoticed ways.

Nail-biting, stammering or hair-pulling may be caused by anxiety or anger - or by something entirely different.  Teeth-Grinding (or Bruxism) or Jaw Clenching or TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Jaw  Syndrome ) often happen at night and can cause painful aches on waking. Hypnosis is commonly used very successfully to solve these and other problems like bed-wetting, and nervous tics and mannerisms. It is also interesting to note that no-one who talks in his sleep has ever been reported as stammering.

In many cases, direct attempts to modify or eliminate the presenting difficulties can easily generate resistance;  failure to disconnect underlying psychological or systemic problems results in the symptom being displaced and re-emerging in another another behaviour or condition.

( See Also Pain-Bowel-Itching-Sweating-Allergic-Reactions-Asthma-Eczema-Psoriasis Etc )

Any treatment strategy needs to be founded on a careful analysis of the underlying structure of the problem.  Often, with the benefit of wide-ranging experience, treatment is relatively straightforward.

A variety of interventions involving Hypnosis - all specifically devised for the individual - can be very effective in extinguishing an unwanted behaviour pattern.   An unconscious cause may need to be identified before achieving successful change - but - perhaps surprisingly - deep-state hypnotic work can often work with these unconscious processes without their specific character having been consciously identified at all.

Some NLP techniques - which are rooted in Ericksonian work but which tend to be much more direct - can also be effective here.

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