I just can't understand, for what?
Most Helpful Girl
I don't understand either, but some say physical pain helps reduce emotional pain, or it's a self-punishment... Or they are so numb they want to feel something, so they cut. I think it's stupid and a person with a wish to cut should immediately look for professional help/turn themselves in to appropriate institutions.1
Most Helpful Guy
I've gone through a period of time where I would cut myself somewhat severely, and now that it's been some years I find it really hard to understand why I started or to explain it to myself. It's a lot of things mixed together, I guess as most things are. It was about self-punishment, pushing limits, focusing on physical pain to distract from mental pain. And also about trying to feel better, since after the intense pain that comes with cutting you get the release of endorphins and the soothing flow of warm blood and it's nice. There's something addictive about it and I still think of doing it sometimes when I'm feeling way down, though holding a razor blade makes me feel sick to my stomach. In that way I guess it's similar to something like drinking when you're depressed, it hits the same nerves as any coping mechanism.0