reply to post by Sonya610
Sonya, thanks for the link.
I see a huge difference between people who are *into cutting* (talk about it, blog about it, share pictures, share it between lovers) and a Self
Inflicted Injury Person.
The posts I read in that link glorified pain, glorified scarification using ritualistic ways (some including sex), and *cuttings* performed on them by
None of these fall into the category of Self Inflicted Injury (in my opinion) but more important in the opinion of health professionals who state Self
Inflicted Injury is not for ritual, religion, self glorification (sharing between friends like a dare - who can take the most pain etc), nor for body
altering or beautification.
Self Inflicted Injury is the *at that moment* cure for overloaded stress levels. I don't see this having anything to do with planning on going out
next weekend to get *scarred* or (like one girls said) making a date with your boyfriend to go to a nice intimate place to let him cut you with his
scalpel cause he’s really good at it. (UGH!)
Self Inflicted Injury isn’t for fun, for sharing with your friends on line (or off), or to be confused with people who want long-lasting beautiful
designs left on their bodies by professionals.
I know SIIers who’d run in fear at the thought of letting someone else touch them with a scalpel or brand - it would be unthinkable!
Believe it or not it isn't uncommon for SI'ers to be very squeamish at the sight of blood, when it wasn't blood drawn by themselves. Just as many
or more are terrified of needles. It's about control, and about *at the moment (stress) pain relief*, not the glorifying of pain.
While these people might *enjoy* the pain - (the ones I read about in your link) it isn’t the same as someone - who - in a moment of intolerable
stress, insurmountable emotional pain and desperation, and with no other learned way of dealing with that stress, turns to *hurting* themselves at
that very moment in order to feel better and become calmer and more in control.
I’m sure there are some who used to be SI'ers and (thank goodness) because of talking about it with their friends, (having the behavior become more
socially acceptable between peers), they’ve *morphed* from being a S.Ier into a Body Modifier.
This is great news actually.
Maybe it’s a way for some people to get *out* of the SII behavior.
I don’t like the continued cutting and scaring - nor do I like using this as a play thing amongst friends and lovers - but - I’ll be the last one
to judge them
Thanks for the link - interesting stuff that.