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Old September 10th, 2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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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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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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Old January 1st, 2020, 06:20 PM   #5
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Some people cut to escape. Some people cut because they want to feel something. They feel emotionally numb and need to cut just to feel. I'm only scratching the surface on this.
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Old January 1st, 2020, 08:20 PM   #6
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