Why do People Cut Themselves?

Why do People Cut Themselves?

Around 2 million cases of people that cause nonsuicidal self-injury to themselves are reported annually. One in five females and one in seven males make up the statistics of people that begin this ritualistic act on themselves between the ages of 12-14 that can carry on well into their 20’s. The process of cutting is to hurt or harm oneself in a variety of different ways to endure the stressors that they are wrestling with.

  • Cutting the skin
  • Burning the skin
  • Bruising the skin
  • Scratching the skin
  • Breaking a bone
  • Pulling out hair
  • Causing infection
  • Interfere with injury healing
  • Picking scabs
  • Punching oneself
  • Punching hard objects
  • Inserting foreign objects into body openings
  • Embedding foreign objects under the skin

Any one of these self-injuries can cause harm to someone who feels that they deserve to suffer in this manner. By imposing self-injury, a person can try to avoid reality and become consumed with the pain they have been accustomed to. While someone may be using this as a coping mechanism to be relieved of intense and agonizing feelings, the effects of cutting are typically a short-lived remedy. This causes the vicious cycle of trying to alleviate the perception of suffering with negative motility. Without looking at the personal causes and conditions of self-mutilation the consequences can turn more serious and more destructive.


Appeasement may become immediately evident as soon as the cutting or harming takes place. A sigh of reprieve can be expelled with each motion making the person use this inimical measure ongoing to keep from bottling everything up.


Finding an alternate outlet is the name of the game with self-injury. Any way to abate feeling angry, fearful, excited, empty, or self-loathing is the goal of cutting. Physical pain tends to become the temporary substitute for emotional pain.


Nearly 50 percent of those who cut have been sexually abused at a younger age. Sexual abuse can make someone have shame about what happen which make them can intentionally and unintentionally suppress their humiliation to feel nothing at all. Cutting might be the only way they think they can take control of their own pain.

There is no need for anyone to withstand cutting to evade having to deal with people, places, and things that are upsetting. Reaching out for help can put a damper in annihilating the frame of a person’s existence any longer.

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