This is what I can't figure out. So I guess it's a question. Why do some that cut hide the cuts, and others-like my niece-wear the cuts proudly (it seems) wearing shorts and tanks tops for others to see? Are they pushing it in everyone's face as if to say," look what you did to me! YOU are MAKING me do this!" or the ones that hide it, are they saying," I hurt. I must be broken. So I will cut myself to prove I am not worthy". And your question is a good one. When younger, if I would have done this to myself, my dad would have made sure I didn't do it again and he would have made the repercussions greater than the effect any cutting was "doing" for me. However with my brother, his daughter (my niece) is walking around with all these cuts and my brother says he doesn't know what to do. (yes they have her in therapy). But good grief, I almost feel like he's fostering my niece's cutting. This was unheard of years ago, BUT there was still self abuse. It just wasn't shown on the outside as cutting is. It was hidden such as with alcoholism and pills and self neglect. Maybe cutting is more of a cry for help?
Let me help. I know from first hand experience, since I myself cut. There can be many reasons.(I'm only a teen, and a girl. My name can be confusing?) And please don't assume that everyone who cuts is emo. It will annoy them!
1. It takes away from the emotional pain and focuses your mind on the physical pain. 2. Cutting is addicting. It can actually feel good and become like a drug. 3. Some kids cut to fit in with certain groups of kids(I find this one rather stupid) 4. A bad childhood can cause enough damage to slide kids into cutting. It feels like a last resort for those who are scared to die, but don't care to live anymore. (Like myself.) 5. Some people cut for the sake of drinking blood. If they do, don't judge them or call them freaks, weird, abnormal, etc. It will make all matters worse. (There are people who believe they need blood to live. And sometimes it can solve their problems, like headaches. I do not suggest doing this, though. These people take special precautions. 6. They feel like no one is there for them and that no one cares and or listens.
When they do this to themself it takes away all of that emotional pain inside of them all the sorrow, anger, hate, and along with whatever else and I guess you could say to them it numbs it for a little while. Just that later on it comes back and therefore they repeat the cutting once again until they or somebody can get them help. And obviously they must be facing some hard times it just comes to know that some people can handle what life gives them and others have their own ways of dealing with it like this way....
I'm addicted to it. I started in fourth grade and I haven't stopped. I did/do it because it takes away my emotional pain. I know I might get a lot of hate for this but oh well. Everyone who self harms stay strong! Have hope. We can make it through what ever is thrown at us. <3