I am trying and currently succeeding to stop this awful habit that has afflicted me since childhood, -------and give up biting my nails
I agree with Bradford, I am just using old fashioned will power. It does not take too long for a bit of length to develop, and then you start to get the benefit of the results, so just tough it out for a few weeks. I am planning on treating myself to a luxury manicure when I reach the appropriate stage, as directed by my partner, so try that as an incentive. To answer the original question, of whether they are important or not, the clear answer is yes. I have felt ashamed of my nails for ages, but I can now do things that I have not done in years like open a can of pop without having to use my teeth (very attractive) or get a knife. I also find that once nails are to a minimum acceptable standard that people actually pay less attention to your hands. They have noticed the nice nails, registered them and move on rather than stare at your dreadful bitten to the quick stumps and wonder what sort of tortured crackpot you are underneath your smart suit. This is important for me as I have a very noticeable, large disfiguring scar on my right arm and wrist from an injury that I received in the line of duty that I am very conscious of and I do not want people to look at my hands for any length of time.