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Snapping a Rubber Band or Hair Tye - May 3rd 2015, 05:18 AM

Is it just me who thinks that isn't such a great idea to tell people to do? I mean more than not it actually turns into a self-harm technique were you snap it till you bruise or it cuts you. I just think if your going to offer that as advice just warn them it might become a sh technique after all.


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Re: Snapping a Rubber Band or Hair Tye - May 3rd 2015, 06:00 AM

I think it really depends on the individual. Some people will use it as a way to self-harm while others may not. It just depends on the individual person and what they're going through to make them feel like harming themselves. I see no problem offering those ideas as alternatives, however, I don't usually recommend them unless I explain that rubber band snapping isn't for everyone.


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Re: Snapping a Rubber Band or Hair Tye - May 3rd 2015, 06:11 AM

Hey Frankie.

You have made a good point. I think there is a fine line when using a rubber band or a hair tie. It's a way to wean yourself from other methods, similar to a nicotine patch or methadone for heroine addiction, etc. But I would consider it self harm if you are doing it to the point of injuring yourself. I guess my point is that it can be helpful to some people but to others it may trigger them more.

It also depends on the individual because what may be helpful to one, may not be for someone else. If they need to feel some sort of sensation there is other methods like hold an ice cube or clapping your hands which are better than using an elastic in some sense because they are safer. I would usually quote the Alternative Thread and mention a few other options because it has a list of alternatives which can be used to give a sensation without harming yourself. And can be used instead of an elastic:
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Hold ice in your hands, against your arm, or in your mouth
Run your hands under freezing cold water
Snap a rubber band or hair band against your wrist
Clap your hands until it stings
Wax your legs
Drink freezing cold water
Splash your face with cold water
Put PVA/Elmer's glue on your hands then peel it off
Massage where you want to hurt yourself
Take a hot shower/bath
Jump up and down to get some sensation in your feet
Write or paint on yourself
Arm wrestle with a member of your family
Take a cold bath
Bite into a hot pepper or chew a piece of ginger root
Rub liniment under your nose
Put tiger balm on the places you want to cut. (Tiger balm is a muscle relaxant cream that induces a tingly sensation. You can find it in most health food stores and vitamin stores.)
   
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Re: Snapping a Rubber Band or Hair Tye - May 3rd 2015, 06:22 AM

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I think it really depends on the individual. Some people will use it as a way to self-harm while others may not. It just depends on the individual person and what they're going through to make them feel like harming themselves. I see no problem offering those ideas as alternatives, however, I don't usually recommend them unless I explain that rubber band snapping isn't for everyone.
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Hey Frankie.

You have made a good point. I think there is a fine line when using a rubber band or a hair tie. It's a way to wean yourself from other methods, similar to a nicotine patch or methadone for heroine addiction, etc. But I would consider it self harm if you are doing it to the point of injuring yourself. I guess my point is that it can be helpful to some people but to others it may trigger them more.

It also depends on the individual because what may be helpful to one, may not be for someone else. If they need to feel some sort of sensation there is other methods like hold an ice cube or clapping your hands which are better than using an elastic in some sense because they are safer. I would usually quote the Alternative Thread and mention a few other options because it has a list of alternatives which can be used to give a sensation without harming yourself. And can be used instead of an elastic:
I agree with that too. As long as you warn a person of what could happen it's fine. But when you don't warn them is when I'm not okay with suggesting the idea.


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Re: Snapping a Rubber Band or Hair Tye - May 3rd 2015, 07:44 AM

As Cassie and Lexi have said, it really just depends on the individual person. There are a number of alternatives that will cause pain, but are shared with every intention of reducing or eliminating self harm. It goes back to the idea that not every alternative works for everyone. If a person is going to use such an alternative to continue self harming, it isn't the right one for them to be using.


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