People have different ways of coping with strong feelings and emotional pain. Some use diversion tactics, relaxation techniques, medications, drugs, alcohol, or physical activity. Other people deal with emotional pain by inflicting harm and pain on themselves. The act of harming one’s own body is called self-injury. The reasons for self-injury are varied. I have listed eight common reasons that lead people to resort to self-injurious practices.
1. Feel Something
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People injure themselves to escape from feelings of numbness. They want to feel something, anything, so they inflict physical pain on themselves. The pain reminds them that they are still alive despite the absence of emotion and any sort of sensation.