Few people know this about me: I was a thumbsucker until around the age of 11 when a dental retainer made my thumb not ‘fit right’, so I stopped. After years of my mother nagging me that it would ruin my teeth, my orthodontist said it had probably actually helped with my bite. When I was tiny and deeply thumb-addicted, my right thumb was even a slightly different shape to the other. If I owied it and had to wear a bandaid and so not suck, I was inconsolable (“No!! The other one doesn’t taste right!” whine)
These days, if I’m overtired or stressed or can’t sleep, very occasionally I’ll still suck my thumb. I’m a thirty year old man so it feels pretty stupid (and probably looks even worse) but it’s oddly comforting.
I would like to point out that it is only very occasionally that I still do this…
So, anyone else either with a history of it, or still having the occasional furtive suck when no-one’s looking?*
*Yes, I am still talking about thumbs.