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For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?


You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard? 

You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you?

I, like most people, hate that sound. 

I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes. 

I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails.

This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something. 

It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions. 

Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima. 

According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards. It is also the sound!

The sound frequency is so delicate but resonates so deeply within our primal instincts to avoid actions associated with these heightened senses. 

As a chronic migraine sufferer I am all too familiar with the effects sound and texture can have on our central nervous system. I have very sensitive hearing and often hear sounds others do not. Case in point: I can hear a fire truck’s siren about five minutes before it approaches my location. 

I just recently learned that there is such a thing as a (fiber) glass emery boards. They can be found at your local drug stores and of course on Amazon. These types of filing devices are supposed to be better because they are less porous and thus are more hygienic. They are also less likely to become dull and/or create splits on your nails. I have a feeling they are also a great way for me to avoid wanting to crawl out of my skin every time I have to file my nails. I am currently adding them to my cart.

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