Most times when people think about self-injury, the image that comes to
is the goth teenager who perhaps scratches their wrists for attention.
is a false belief.
Take a look around you. Self injury knows no boundaries. Perhaps someone
"goth" but perhaps too your best friend. Your teacher. Your dad. Your
brother. The mailman. The lawyer. The manager at the store you buy your
clothing from. Self injury has many faces and many names - cutting,
banging, slitting the wrists, slashing - but one thing that is the same
across self injurers is the feeling they get when they hurt themselves
allows them to go on with their lives.
It may seem wrong that hurting yourself would make you feel better - after
all, the human condition seems to require us to step away from anything
may cause us pain - but this, for many people who SI, is the reality.
former SIer and as someone who maintains a support group as well as who
knows many people who do hurt themselves, I can tell you that the reasons
people hurt themselves are not always necessarily the same. Some do it to
feel less numb. Some do it because it gives them a sense of relief and
release from what they're feeling. Some do it as punishment, and some just
do it out of old habit. To many people, these acts are disgusting - but
only seem that way because of the ignorance about SI in our society. It is
estimated that about 1% of the population at any given time SI's. While
seems like a small number, it actually means that there are millions of
people who need to hurt themselves to live. The ignorance about self harm...