You pick your nose
aijiro/Shutterstock Of course, you’d never do this during a company meeting or while attending a wedding, but when you’re alone, that’s often a different story. Statistics from a reported Psychology Today Wisconsin study note that 91 percent of people surveyed said they were current nose-pickers and three-quarters of the sample felt that “almost everyone else does it.” While it may be common, it’s cause for concern if you pick to the point of harming yourself. Repetitive nose picking that borders on an obsessive-compulsive level warrants speaking to a mental health professional or physician.
You talk to your pet in a cutesy widdle voice
Happy-Together/Shutterstock Does your voice change when you ask your pet if she wants another treat? You know—that high-pitched, sing-song tone that differs from how you speak to friends? This is more normal than you think. American Kennel Club experts suggest that you use this musical, baby-like voice because it evokes a caregiver feeling, making you feel more engaged and genuine. Here are 10 disgusting habits we all do in secret.
You snack on peanut butter and mayo
etorres/Shutterstock Let’s face it, you may not go back for thirds when eating at a work function, but you might occasionally consume a lot of food, or even “odd” food when you’re by yourself. While that’s somewhat understandable behavior, what’s not normal is when you become obsessed with eating extremely different in secret or alone—and often. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, tells Prevention that especially for women, this can become problematic. “There’s sort of an unstated rule” that they should always be on a diet and not have a large appetite, she says. Speak to a professional about any eating disorders you think you may have.