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Is this just me? - July 22nd 2012, 11:04 AM

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When I cut I make sure that the ones on my wrists are in perfect columns of 4 and alll the rows are the same lenghth, and I'm very anal about them being in the right place. And afterwards I feel so... Happy and proud (I know I shouldn't be) that I made them perfectly. I'm not like this with anything else in my life. Am I the ony one who does this?

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Re: Is this just me? - July 22nd 2012, 11:38 AM

Same It used to make me feel like I had some form of control over it, I couldn't stop cutting, but I could keep the cuts neat.
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Re: Is this just me? - July 22nd 2012, 11:59 AM

Not really I just do it on the side of my arm but i try to keep them close together
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Re: Is this just me? - July 25th 2012, 10:41 PM

-Cough cough- I never do it straight, my scars are a huge mess, because I cut up, down, sideways, in all different directions!
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Re: Is this just me? - July 25th 2012, 10:53 PM

I tend to cut in all directions. Although, for some reason, there's been times where I've planned exactly where I wanted the cuts to be and at what angle.

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Re: Is this just me? - July 25th 2012, 10:58 PM

I've seen this behaviour before on a couple of occassions in my role of peer mentor. I've always referred to it as controlled cutting as it's used as a way to regain some control over an activity where control has been lost in other aspects, like socially.

I'm no expert but I used to self harm in the past and got over it.

The people who approached me for help and guidance spoke of the same feelings as you, so I got them to transfer the need for controlled cutting to something else more rewarding and artistic. The one wrote out a scene from Romeo and Juliet using caligraphy.

The other created a painting. They found that when they really got into the swing of it, it distracted them and helped stop their self harm, they also found new hobbies.

A method I've tried and tested is getting a colouring book and pencils and just colouring in the pictures. As I've said, I'm no expert and I'm not a professional, but from experience this way has worked as it creates the same sense of pride.

I wish you all the best fighting self harm. If you ever want a word, just pm me. I won't bite

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