Why we SI
In my opinion, there are several reasons why people Self Injure.
There are, of course, the 'Emo' kids who do it just for fun and because they
think it's 'cool'. But those aren't the real SI-ers. They aren't the people
who really need to hurt themselves. There are millions of people all over the
world who have an intense need to cut, burn, hit, or injure themselves in
One reason people SI is because they get very depressed, angry, or
some other very intense emotion. These people just cannot handle their
emotions; they don't know what to do with them. So they cut to relieve
themselves of these emotions. So in order to release the emotions and get
relief from them, they must SI. They don't know what else to do. It could be
because they were not taught how to handle their emotions, or they were
taught they were not allowed to have these emotions.
Another reason people injure themselves is to stay in touch with
reality. Some people have a dissociative disorder in which they lose sense
with themselves. Or it could be less serious, and people simply feel out of
touch with reality. They will SI in order to feel alive or to come back to
reality. They need the pain to make them feel like a real human being.
On the other hand, some people SI for the complete opposite reason.
Some people can't stand the way they feel and what they are going through.
They want to escape from their lives for a little while, so they hurt
themselves to go numb. This helps them deal better with what they have to go
through. They need to get away and have some calmer time.
Some people will Self Injure as a way of punishment. They feel that
they must be punished for something they have done or something they have
felt. Often times, the person feels guilt because of something, and they SI
in order to relieve this guilt.
If a person is very anxious, selef injuring themself could be a great
release of that excess energy. It helps them calm down and get in control of
their anxiety, instead of their anxiety controlling them.
This is just a look into why people injure themselves. The reasons
could be different for every individual and should not be generalized.