There are many different reasons whichmay trigger this strange habit of many. Namely, some people pressuredby life's problems, certain traumatic experiences and many othernegative things get into a state of panic often. Then, they are proneto breathing difficulties, confusion and an overall state ofimbalance, both mental and physical. For a lot of people, injuringyourself physically, causing tissue damage on the surface of yourbody, can help reducing the above mentioned symptoms. This, eventhough violent and unorthodox, system of self control helps manypeople cope with their difficulties and stay “sane” in the worldof craziness around them. However, injuring yourself in order to saveyourself from injuries does little to help other people understandit.
Before talking about self-injury in thefirst place, we need to mention that not all cases are “genuine”in this respect. There are many people who do this for publicity orfor the adrenaline related to getting yourself hurt. However, thereare people who do not cut or injure themselves of attention orfashion. They do this because they cannot manage to live any otherway.
The Mind of a Cutter
People who are prone to self-injury areoften not understood by other people or are completely misunderstood.Either way, they are keeping their “activity” a secret, denyingthe obvious signs. Therefore, a person prone to self-injury will saythat he/she got scratched by a cat, accidentally broke a glass etc.So, vanity or a desire for popularity clearly have nothing to do withself-injury.
On the other hand, people do this tothemselves since physical pain can dispel the emotional one. This canbe explained through physiology since, in order to save our body, ourmind produces the feel-good hormones which act as sedatives to theperson who is self-injuring him/herself. Therefore, this method isactually a type of dealing with mental problems, pain used aspainkiller.
We, humans, are quite delicate beingsand many of us are not brought up to be emotional or to expressemotions. While some people go all out against problems, others lockthemselves up in a room and make cuts on the surface of their body.The upbringing, the parental support, the childhood, all influencethe development of this method of defense.
Finally, in order to get better, peoplewho are prone to self-injuring need to find alternative ways ofcoping with their problems. In order for this to be possible, theyusually need external help. Thus, friends, family and other peopleclose to this person should provide support, understanding and helpthis person find an alternative and safe way for releasing all thetension they feel.