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View Poll Results: Are your SH scars unidirectional or in varied directions
Unidirectional 28 27.18%
Varied directions 39 37.86%
Both 33 32.04%
Other (please explain) 3 2.91%
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Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 15th 2009, 09:17 PM

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Whenever I SH, there's not really a pattern that defines how I cut (ie. the cuts/scars are in various directions). The other day I saw one girl who clearly had SH scars (she was really brave to go out in public with them), but hers were all in the same direction. I'm just curious, are your SH scars in the same direction or varied with no real order?

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 15th 2009, 09:49 PM

I voted for both as the scars on my arms are mostly horizontal, the ones on my stomach are vertical and the scars on my thighs are just all over the place.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 15th 2009, 10:07 PM

Varied. Because it was always done carelessly out of anger and such, so there was no order at all.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 15th 2009, 10:11 PM

When I cut my arms then the cuts are usually in horizontal lines on my arm, but in general I don't try to make a pattern or whatever, especially on my legs. I don't really tend to think about it when I self harm.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 15th 2009, 10:41 PM

ummm most of the time they are horizontal, but sometimes vertical across my wrist/arm



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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 01:22 AM

Mine used to always go vertical. Now they seem to always go horizontal.
I really don't focus on making them go a certain way or anything though.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 02:05 AM

Mine are/were horizontal...




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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 06:24 AM

The scars on my arm are varied.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 06:40 AM

for me, it really depends where it is. on my wrist its directional so its easier to hide, and on my thigh its really got no order to it. although it does depend what thigh, one has random, the other has words.
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 08:41 AM

The ones that I have on my arms are all in one direction, i.e., diagonally parallel.
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 12:42 PM

Mine are all different shapes sizes and directions, although I have a lot of circular ones on my legs.




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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 16th 2009, 01:33 PM

mine are unidirectional... horizontal? but it's not patterned or anything coz i normally cut over the same place so it's easier to hide...


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 19th 2009, 12:53 AM

All my scars are horizontal, in equal rows. Most of my cutting came from feeling out of control or unorganized (TY OCD) so I ended up cutting in patterns. Only one place is a chaotic.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 19th 2009, 12:59 AM

my scars are in all different directions because i used to write things
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 19th 2009, 08:43 PM

It's kinda odd, when I cut, that set of cuts is unidirectional, then the next time I cut, they are unidirectional but going a different way than the last set of cuts.

If I cut on my arms it's usually 2-3 horizontally
If I cut on my stomach it's usually 10-20 vertically
If I cut on my legs it's usually 5-10 diagonally

But lately I've been making varied deep cuts on my thighs which are clearly different from the rest of my scars. Sometimes I'll do criss-cross on my upper thighs. It's all very different.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 19th 2009, 10:13 PM

i got other,cuz i someof mine are in the same direction,others are like all over the place,and then i have words too and symbols...im messed up,i kno...

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 20th 2009, 04:18 PM

I said both, becasue when I do my forearms,thighs, or stomach it's usually varied(diagnol and horizontal....mostly) but on my upper arm it's usually all going in one direction.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 20th 2009, 05:17 PM

When I used to self harm they were mostly horizontal but there were a few odd vertical and diagonal ones.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 20th 2009, 05:55 PM

On my legs they're in all directions, but with my arm its kind of horizontal.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 22nd 2009, 12:26 PM

I voted unidirectional but meant varied directions, I misread it.
Mine are semi close, but in different directions. More random, like my cat did it.



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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 22nd 2009, 05:24 PM

On my arms it was always horizontal, and on my leg it was really varied...
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 23rd 2009, 12:51 AM

My wrist is horizontal, the forearm above it is largely vertical. My legs are varied with some sections diagonal, some vertical, and others every which way.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 23rd 2009, 12:58 AM

I did my SH in what i called "sets". One night they would all go in one direction, the next night they would all be going in a different direction.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 23rd 2009, 03:14 PM

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 23rd 2009, 04:53 PM

I went for Varied direction cause after a certain number of cus I go in another direction and after the same certain number another diresction. Its strange but it works for me.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 25th 2009, 06:23 PM

It depends on where you look and when you looked.
The early ones were on my arm and quite disorganized. They became sort of an an angle and all together.
Then when I started cutting my legs on leg always had patterns/designs on it. Words or hearts mostly. The other one was just both horizontal and vertical in patches.

And around my naval was just in a circle.

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 25th 2009, 07:10 PM

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 25th 2009, 07:44 PM

Mine are usually parallel with eachother, most commonly horizontal. Appart form on my stomach, they're kinda diagonal : /


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 25th 2009, 08:11 PM

When I use to SH I had my scars going in every which direction. Sometimes I would have patterns such as criss cross and diamond shapes.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 27th 2009, 01:36 AM

i cut any direction i feel like it. vertical, horiontal, or anywhere inbetween. it all just looks like a bunch of scribble when im done.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 27th 2009, 06:26 AM

I mostly cut horizontally


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 27th 2009, 06:52 AM

My scars are varied in all directions with no order what so ever.. perhaps if they were all in one direction, they'd be less noticeable.. hmmm...


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - September 27th 2009, 10:41 AM

i have different directions from different types of SH.
cuts are horizontal and eraser burns are vertical...




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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 5th 2009, 03:07 PM

Mine are usually diagonal on my arm but theyre not really patterned because some are "funky" but they're all left to right diagonal
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 6th 2009, 01:56 AM

The ones on my arm are all horizontal. The ones on my legs are in all different directions. Some are in designs.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 6th 2009, 02:21 AM

On my shoulders and legs they are all horizontal. Only very occasionally is there one which goes in a different direction.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 10th 2009, 10:04 PM

On my legs and under my breast, they are all about the same way, horizontal and then on my thighs, I wrote words, so I voted for both.


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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 16th 2009, 10:26 PM

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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 17th 2009, 02:40 AM

i cut in random directions, in random places on my legs. So if anyone ever did see i'd just look like a very clumsy person. Which in all truth, I am, so it's a good excuse. Before I was cutting I had cuts all over my legs anyways, sometimes they appeared out of nowhere (that still happens, weird) and Im also terrible at shaving my legs.
   
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Re: Unidirectional or varied SH scars? - October 18th 2009, 12:17 AM

For the most part, my scars tend to go in one direction (horizontal). When I cut the way I release the emotions is very intentional, even though I may dissociate when I do it. However, some of them do go in weird, opposite directions randomly. Just depends I suppose on how big the pattern was in my mind that day.



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