BME: Did you have other modifications before this particular “upgrade”?
TODD: Before this my body modifications have been limited to piercing, both cosmetic and play. Our society has perfected the art of pain avoidance and disassociation from our bodies. Piercing and other body modifications bring the mind back to the body and increase a person’s awareness of their physical self. For such a materialistic society, America has lost touch with their physical self.
What is self-harm?
It is a term used to describe deliberately injuring yourself through various means, including cutting, poisoning and burning. The most common method of self-harm involve the repeated cutting of the skin. Other methods include scalding or scratching your body or ingesting small amounts of toxic substances.
Why do people self-harm?
It is widely accepted that self-harm is the result of profound emotional distress often related to traumas such as sexual abuse. Self-harm is used as a survival strategy, according to consultant psychiatrist Tim Kendall, co-director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' national collaborating centre for mental health. It is a way for people to express unspeakable emotions and stave off impulses to commit suicide. However, research shows that people who self-harm at least once are 100 times more likely to commit suicide than those who never deliberately injure themselves.
evilangela - Here for one...
Back scarification photo
"The above NSFW link is me. Yes, it hurt like you couldn't believe. No, I didn't do this to myself to feel pain, or because I'm a cutter, or because the physical response or the psychological notion of cutting has any significance to me. I got this (and more) because I wanted a Buddhist scar, for reasons that have nothing to do with anyone else but me."
"Call me sick, call me a freak, a psycho, nutcase, weirdo, etc. Call me whatever you want so that you can sleep easier tonight. Having a scar doesn't diminish ME, but putting down others simply because you're uncomfortable with them certainly diminishes YOU."
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