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Siddharth Ray
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A man is a creature of habit, but when the habit turns bad, its time to let it go.......What are the common bad habits of common people around us...??..and frinds, also mention the ways to rectify those. Im sure many will be benefited from this discussion....

Posted On : 4/12/2009 12:43:26 AM

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Priyadarshini Misra [Guru]
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This is a lovely question Siddharth and you are right, many shall be benefited from this discussion... I feel nail bitting is one of the bad habits we often see amongst our close circle....Onychophagia or nail biting is a common oral compulsive habit in children and adults, affecting around 30% of children between 7 to 10 years and 45% of teenagers. Bitten fingertips can become very sensitive to pain, usually at the place the skin meets the edge of the nail. Hangnails are broken skin on the cuticle. When they are improperly removed, they are susceptible to microbial and viral infections producing whitlows. When the nails are infected with saliva the scratching of them makes the skin get red and infect the skin. Finally it may also result in the transportation of bacteria that are buried under the surface of the nail, or pinworms from anus region to mouth. Nail biting is also related to dental problems, such as gingival injury. Regarding social effects the aesthetic aspect of the nail may affect employability, self-esteem, and interaction with other people. Behavioral treatments are based in discouraging the habit and replace it with a more constructive habit. The most common treatment, as it is cheap and widely available, is a special clear nail polish that has to be applied to the nails. It releases a bitter flavor on contact with the mouth which discourages the habit and has demonstrated its effectiveness.There are also mouthpieces that prevent biting. Behavioral therapy is beneficial when simpler measures are not effective. Habit Reversal Training HRT , seeks to unlearn the habit of nail biting and possibly replace it with a more constructive habit and has shown its effectiveness versus placebo both in children and adults. In addition to HRT, stimulus control therapy is used to both identify and then eliminate the stimulus that frequently triggers biting urges.

Posted On : 4/12/2009 11:20:04 PM

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Manpreet Bharara
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Lip biting is a common habit. Many people bite or lick their lips when they are nervous or concentrating on something. You may bite your lip by accident and then use your tongue and teeth to play with the sore spot. In most cases, these actions are harmless. However, some people do them often enough to cause injury. Lip-biting syndrome is a chronic long-term habit that can lead to dry, peeling and sore lips. Some people may injure the lips in other ways, such as picking at them with fingernails. Many people with this problem can injure their lips without even realizing it for example, when they are stressed or worried. Symptoms include sore, peeling, dry and inflamed lips. It s more common for people to lick and bite their lower lip. As a result, it s usually more damaged than the upper lip. The symptoms range from very mild to severe. People who injure their lips severely may have mental health problems. Some people can stop the habits once they are made aware of them. That is all the treatment they need. Their lips will heal on their own. Other people cannot stop as easily. They may not be able to control their habit, or may be doing it in their sleep. For these people, dentists can provide soft splints to place on the teeth at night. The splints will help to prevent injury. Lip moisturizing creams also can help. In some cases, medicine is needed to address a mental health condition. Your dentist or doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to apply to the lips if they are inflamed. If you can control lip biting, the outlook for complete healing is excellent. If not, the outlook is poorer. In severe cases, you may need to visit a psychiatrist and take medicine to help you stop the habit.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 12:53:11 AM

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Ratri Basak
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You are right Siddharth...there are many such bad habits. Yawning without covering the mouth is one such bad habit......Not only unhygienic, it also reveals the inner part of your mouth that seems quite odd for the people perceiving it....Many kinds of infection, dirt and dust may enter the system while doing this. The measure that can be taken to avoid such bad habit is only self realisation. Unless and until the person checks himself from doing so....I guess no medication is required for this, but only self control and determination.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 12:58:04 AM

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Jamal Aslam
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Siddharth....I can point out one such horrendous habit that is quite common amongst the people around us...nose picking...Nose-picking, or rhinotillexis is the act of extracting dried nasal mucus and/or foreign bodies from the nose with a finger. This is an extremely common habit, with some surveys indicating that it is almost universal citation needed , with people picking their nose an average of about four times a day. Nose-pickers are often called pointers in modern slang. Although a very common habit, it is somewhat of a mildly taboo activity in most cultures. While nose-picking appears to be an almost universal practice among humans, the observation of the activity in another commonly provokes mixed feelings of disgust and amusement. A 1995 study into nose picking, requesting information from 1,000 randomly selected adults, gathered 254 respondents. It defined nose-picking as the insertion of a finger or other object into the nose with the intention of removing dried nasal secretions . Of those who responded, 91% said they were current nose pickers but only 75% of these believed everyone did it and two people claimed to spend between 15 to 30 minutes and one to two hours a day picking their noses. Nose-picking, according to conventional wisdom vague , may carry a number of medical risks, thus some doctors recommend against it and encourage the use of a tissue instead although others claim the finger is more sensitive, and is more indicated citation needed . Risks may include nasal infections, occasional nosebleeds in 25% of those who pick their nose, considering that most of the population picks their nose occasionally and in rare cases perforation of the nasal septum self-induced ethmoidectomy . Nose picking, however, should not affect the sense of smell, as the nasal cavity where the olfactory nerves are located is too high up to reach. Also, due to the special nature of the blood supply to the nose and surrounding area, it is possible for retrograde infections from the nasal area to spread to the brain, although this scenario is unlikely to arise from normal rhinotillexis. For this reason, the area from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of the nose, including the nose and maxilla, is known to doctors as the danger triangle of the face.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 1:01:27 AM

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Indravadan Modi
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I would like to point out one bad habit among people, that is of interruption between talks. People often tend to claim their ideas and place their talks in between a person s conversation. This is quite irritating and we also cannot help but stop and listen to that person. The continuity of discussion and the flow of thought is disturbed.....This bad habit too can only be stopped through self determination. The person should allow the other individual to finish his talk and then he may place his words. He should also think that how would he feel if he would be treated the same way...while he is talking.....By the way...thanks for such a lovely question Siddharth...

Posted On : 4/13/2009 1:07:10 AM

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Anju Malhotra
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Self-pride is your sense of your own value or worth as a person, however when this habit exceeds.....it takes a bitter version of self boasting. It is how much you like, accept, approve, and respect yourself, but excessive preaching about one s likes and dislike may seem to be an arrogant attitude for others. You can recognize yourself as worthy and capable of loving and being loved, but you should also keep a limitation to its expression. Or, your self-pride can be the biggest stumbling block to living the successful, happy life you want to live, on the contrary it can also be one of the most irritating elements of your persona that shall create a distance between you and other people. Self-pride effects how you act in every situation, what you say and do, and how your feel about yourself and is a continuous influence on your perception of life. Thus this virtue should be taken care of...so that it does not reach the level of self boasting. Your inner beauty, intuition, creativity, and wisdom expand and you feel more empowered, which is good but excess of it brings everything in opposite. This bad habit needs self counseling and realization. Only if one can be confident about what are his abilities, he shall automatically stop self boasting about himself.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 2:20:53 AM

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Riya Sen [Guru]
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Spitting on roads while walking or driving is one such bad habit. In India, it is a common sight to see people spitting on the road. In fact, no one complains against it too although it creates a hygienic problem. Unconcern of other people spitting is bad and can cause problem to other people if they keep their legs on it. You are standing on the side of the road in the relax mood, suddenly an auto rickshaw guy will spit near to your leg. Then the driver of the truck will spit from his window. This is like common practice in India. Most people eat betel nuts keep on chewing these nuts and they are forced to spit. Even they sit near the windows in the bus they never care for people walking on the roads. Since India is hugely populated it s a difficult task for the government to monitor people who spit in public. But such a law can be enforced and of course fining a lump sum will make people realise not to spit atleast for the huge amount of fine they need to pay when get caught. The Mumbai civic authorities are taking a leaf from the city state of Singapore and have started levying stiff penalties for spitting and urinating in public or dumping any waste material in the open. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC announced in 2007 the appointment of five private security agencies to look after cleanliness and sanitation in the city with powers to impose fines ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 20,000 on offenders. Hyderabad has also ordered penalties for such people spitting on the road.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 3:04:43 AM

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Ragamala Chakraborty
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Hi friends.....I would like to add another bad habit of people that is more of a trouble to others who stay near that individual....Its BAD ODOUR.....The people having bad odour do not realise that by themselves. This is the worst part of this problem. Scientific research has shown that some people cannot detect certain molecules. Their nostrils may be able to register the smell of garlic or curry, but not the smell emanating from their armpits. Proper soap, body wash, deodorant or perfume can easily stop this problem. BUt I shall call this bad habits of people who do not take this issue seriously. Especially girls having bad odour is intolerable. Everybody sweats. We have to. Perspiration is the body s biological way of cooling down. Sweat itself does not smell, but it is a wonderful culture for the bacteria that live on our skin. The bacteria breaks down sweat into aromatic fatty acids, which produce the unpleasant odour. This means body odour can be tackled by: reducing the amount of sweat treating the bacteria that produce the odour. Medical conditions such as thyroid disease and carcinoid syndrome can cause excessive sweating, as can the side-effects of some medicines, eg antidepressants. Strange as it may seem, many people with bad body odour are unaware that they smell. Scientific research has shown that some people cannot detect certain molecules. Their nostrils may be able to register the smell of garlic or curry, but not the smell emanating from their armpits. Well friends....after much smelly discussion, I can suggest few tips to get rid of this problem..............Wash with soap daily, particularly your armpits, groin and feet where there are many sweat producing glands. Washing removes sweat and reduces the numbers of bacteria that act upon it. Some people have more sweat and oil producing glands than others. If you sweat a lot, you may need to shower two or three times a day. The use of antiperspirants and deodorants should be routine. It s worth trying a few because they have different active ingredients, and you ll find some work better than others. Deodorants work by masking the smell of sweat with fragrance, while antiperspirants reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. Roll-ons tend to be more effective for heavy sweating. Another useful trick is to shave your armpits. Armpit hair provides a greater surface area for sweat to adhere to and gives the bacteria a fertile breeding ground. It is also essential to wash clothes thoroughly, particularly clothing that comes into contact with sweaty areas such as socks, underwear and shirts. Never wear yesterday s clothes. However clean your body is, the clothes will retain the smell of yesterday s sweat.

Posted On : 4/13/2009 3:06:55 AM

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Prerna Gupta
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One such bad habit is talking while eating. This not only irritates but is also not good for health. Food may stuck in the wind pipe and cause serious blockage that may lead to fatal suffocation.

Posted On : 4/14/2009 2:49:48 AM

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