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Old September 10th, 2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Why self-harm?

Hey there,

I know this probably isn’t the most appropriate question to ask and I do apologise if I offend anyone. I knew a person a long time ago who self-harmed in the past and confided in me. Recently I have been thinking of them more often and why they did it - I never could understand why.

Obviously it would have been a bad idea to ask them at the time why they Self-harmed but I feel like I need to understand. I didn’t know to respond when trusted with that information and I wouldn’t now. In that situation, I think that if something similar happened again I would’ve reacted differently if I was able relate and had gained insight into the thoughts that drive people to it.

People express themselves in all sorts of ways: violence, depression and self-harm. What is the general reason why someone self-harm and what’s the best way someone can respond if they’re told this?

I would really appreciate any responses.
Again I didn’t mean to offend anyone and I apologise if I did.

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Old September 10th, 2019, 05:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why self-harm?

I would say that they cut themselves because
they have some kind of mental or physical
problems that r causing them to hurt and if
they go and self harm themselves they think
this is going to ease their pain. Psychologically
they gain really nothing doing so.
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Old September 10th, 2019, 08:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Why self-harm?

Tbh I did it because the pain inside of my head didn't feel as valid as the pain I could inflict on the outside. Or as a way to punish myself. But that's just me.

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Old November 24th, 2019, 02:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why self-harm?

People cut themselves for many different reasons, some do it to cope with the problems that they’re facing and it’s a coping mechanism, some do it to make their pain visible and some do it because they feel like they deserve the pain, I suppose each person who self-harms is different
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