Concerned friend

Dear Queenie,

  A friend of mine bites her nails all the time. It looks bad when she does it and her hands look terrible with the nails all chewed up that way, and of course she can’t get any kind of nice manicure because her nails are so short and chewed-on.

  Queenie, is there any way I can get her to stop doing that?—Concerned friend

Dear Friend,

  It is good of you to be concerned about your friend, but I doubt there is much you yourself can do about your friend’s habit.

  Nail-chewing is usually related to feelings of stress and anxiety, which need to be addressed by a professional counsellor. Perhaps if you can persuade your friend to consult a professional counsellor about whatever is bothering her, the counselling will help her break this habit.