Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Steven Levenkron

Buy from   Buy from



In Britain, one person in 130 is a self-mutilator; in the US self-mutilation is almost as common as bulimia and anorexia, yet the condition is not recognized as a clinical disorder and few understand it. This work has been written for the self-mutilator, parents, friends, and therapists and explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviour and describes how the self-mutilator can be helped.

From the Cover

The author of the groundbreaking Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa explains the phenomenon of self-mutilation, a disorder that affects as many as two million Americans.

Cutting takes the reader through the psychological experience of the person who seeks relief from mental anguish in self-inflicted physical pain. Steven Levenkron traces the components that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior.

Written for self-mutilators, parents, friends and therapists, this book explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and, most of all, describes how self-mutilators can be helped.

About the Author

Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist in private practice. His other books include the best-selling The Best Little Girl in the World, a novel that illuminates the nature of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and, most recently, The Luckiest Girl in the World, a novel about a self-mutilator.

Further Reading

Author’s website.

The Penguin Putnam reading guide for The Luckiest Girl in the World contains a short interview with Steven.

The Chronicle at Duke University has an interview with Steven.

Steven talks about anorexia.



Permanent location: