These are exaggerations of normal states of mind—everyone has felt blue at sometime or another—everyone has felt euphoric or energized at least once.Though loose, psychotic-style thinking is not something that everyone has experienced directly, at least the idea that people can experience hallucinations and delusions is familiar to most.
Let's unpack these 6 reasons why people self-injure.
People sometimes harm themselves because by doing so, they are able to gain a subjective sense of control over chaotic internal emotions and thoughts.
It can be because they never learned (for whatever reason) what words to use to describe emotion.
It can be because what they experience inside their minds is overwhelming to them (due to trauma or abuse) that words can't do justice.
Self-injurers sometimes use this pain sensation to override painful background chatter that fills their minds.
For example, they may have been traumatized by a rape experience such that they have PTSD symptoms and constantly be replaying that rape in their minds.
She coped with this compulsion by cutting herself, which refocused her attention, however temporarily, away from her suicidal ideation.
This wasn't perhaps the most ideal coping solution in the world, but it was what she had come up with, and it was functioning to keep her alive.
So, a painful feeling associated with a traumatic memory might be detached from that memory such that the traumatized person remembers the event as though it happened in a movie; as though it happened to someone else and they were just watching it unfold, numb to the experience.
We're all familiar with the idea that it is painful to experience pain sensations.
By cutting themselves, they are able to refocus their attention on the pain of the cut and for a short while, experience relief from the rape trauma.