Self-Injury

Types of Self-Injury?

  • Major self-mutilation—results in permanent disfigurement (castration/amputation)
  • Stereo-typical self-mutilation—head banging, eyeball pressing, biting
  • Superficial self-mutilation—cutting, piercing, scratching, burning, hair pulling, bone-breaking, hitting, and interference with wound healing

Most Common Characteristics of Self-Injurers:

  • History of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
  • Broken/alcoholic home
  • Emotionally absent/neglecting parents
  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorder
  • Never learned to express emotions properly
  • Perfectionist
  • Unable to handle intense feelings
  • Difficulty expressing emotions(especially anger)
  • Mood swings
  • Self-deprecating
  • Low self-worth
  • Depressed
  • Strong need for acceptance and approval
  • Closed-off from society

Reasons Why Some Self-Injure:

  • Coping mechanism (for stress, failure, anger, sadness, loneliness, emotional pain, shame)
  • Punishment of self (for failure or wrong-doing)
  • Manipulation of others
  • Addiction to pain or the sight of one’s own blood
  • Feel “numb”/dissociation
  • Dispel/appease suicidal impulses
  • Provide visible evident (to others or self) of emotional pain
  • To feel control in an otherwise uncontrollable life/circumstance-boredom

The Solution

If you self-injure, chances are you find it very hard (if not impossible) to admit your problem to anyone, for fear that they might have you locked up or will reject and abandon you, which will only worsen your already-moot feelings of self- worth.  It is important to know, however, that you are not alone and an estimated two million Americans struggle with self-injury.  But, it doesn’t have to be this way!  We can be freed from the chains of self-injury, with the help of our Higher Power Jesus Christ.  Through working the 8 Recovery Principles, we will learn to rely on Jesus Christ to take care of us.  We will realize that self-injury has served a purpose in our lives, as a coping mechanism for some underlying issues.  We will become willing to face these issues and let the Lord heal us.  We will learn how to express our emotions freely and unabashedly.

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