[quote=“the chief”][quote=“Bodo”][quote=“Huang Guang Chen”]No, in my experience they do it accidently. It’s a bit like the scars. At the time they slashed they certainly were not thinking of leaning into the after-school play pen to pick up Roger from playgroup.
[quote][url=http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Self_Injury/bloodred/]Self Injury (SI) is a coping mechanism, just like smoking cigarettes, alcoholism, drug abuse, overeating, anorexia, bulimia, over-exercising, etc.
“Self-injury is a self-preservation technique for many cutters; the self-mutilation relieves anxiety and/or depersonalization symptoms which could lead to psychosis or suicide if not alleviated. Self-harm can be focusing, calming. It can give a person a feeling of control over their lives and their bodies which they have experienced no other way. People trying to help cutters should not try to take this coping mechanism away from the cutters without helping them first come to terms with things that trigger incidents and learning new, healthier coping mechanisms with which to replace the old ones.”
“For many self-injurers, self-mutilation seems the only appropriate response to the state of the world and to how they’re feeling about it and about themselves. Many self-injurers are extremely intelligent, sensitive, and creative people who have a hypersensitivity to the world around them[/url].”
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It’s relief through release. Most people Self-Injure to relieve some unpleasant emotion, ranging from anxiety to depression. “Studies have suggested that when people who self-injure get emotionally overwhelmed, an act of self-harm brings their levels of psychological and physiological tension and arousal back to a bearable baseline level almost immediately.”
There are many speculations about why people Self-Injure. Some experts think the behavior stems form childhood trauma or abuse. However, statistics don’t support this theory. The backgrounds of people that SI are varied, coming from both abusive and non-abusive households. People also cited the need to feel real among their reasons for self-injury. Hurting themselves makes them feel something, where they otherwise feel numb to the world around them. Another theory concerning people that SI is chemical:
“Just as it’s suspected that the way the brain uses serotonin may play a role in depression, so scientists think that problems in the serotonin system may predispose some people to self-injury by making them tend to be more aggressive and impulsive than most people.”
You seem to be talking about two different phenomena, you and Battery 9. The article I cited also stated that cutters are not suicidal, and they don’t do it for attention. Now it’s true that suicidal people may cut themselves or do a half-assed attempt at self harm, but that is not the same thing as a cutter.
Bod, God bless you.[/quote]
Agreed, thanks for the link Bodo.