These FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) deal with the topic of self injury. I am aware that it is a bit of a stretch to call all these texts FAQ’s, but they seemed to fit here.
Self Injury FAQ
- What is Self-Injury?
- Are behaviors that alter the body’s appearance such as tatooing, drug use, body piercing, ritual mutilation, etc. SI?
- How does SI develop?
- What is the course of SI?
- Who typically takes part in SI?
- What ways do people SI?
- Why would anybody intentionally hurt themselves?
- What is the connection between Self-Injury and shame?
- What are rituals in SI?
- Is Self-Injury impulsive?
- What is the relationship between thoughts and SI?
- What is the relationship between emotions and SI?
- What are the different models of SI?
- What other psychological factors influence Self-Injury?
- Go Ask Alice! A couple of questions and answers from Go Ask Alice:
- Mental Health InfoSource:
- Cutting and self-mutilation: Why do I do it and how can I stop? – From the Alt.Sexual.Abuse.Recovery FAQ.
- Is it self-mutilation — even if some one else does it for you? – Discusses the relationship between body modification and self injury.
- Self-Inflicted Violence – William A. Henkin answers a question about self injury.
- Ask Dr. Drew — May 26, 2002 – Dr. Drew (of Loveline fame) answers a question on self injury.
- What does the Bible say about self-mutilation/suicide, if anything? – The Christian view on self injury.
- What is the incidence of self-harm amongst the prison population? – From Mind Publications’ Mental Health Statistics.
What Cutting Is
Jennifer sent me this brief description:
Cutting isn’t just, “Hey, I’m depressed and I’m going to cut myself,” it is more like: “I’m so stressed, so pained, so confused, what do I do? As you look around the room for an exit from life, you see the blade lying on the table, you slowly reach for the shiny object imaging that it could be the new opening. As you lay it on your skin, you go into a sort of trance. You apply pressure little by little as you carefully drag the sharp, painless object along your skin, and for a second you feel as if you are in a complete state of cleanliness as if you are completely sin free because it has all seeped out with your blood. When you finally stop, the pain, stress and confusion all come back, but yet you do it over and over just for the second that you feel clean, for the second that everything for once is no longer inside of you and for the time that no matter what is happening around you it doesn’t involve you.”