A bright red scream: self-mutilation and the language of pain

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Penguin, Oct 4, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 234 pages
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Meet Daphne, age sixteen. There are times when she hurts so bad, "too deep for tears", that she must shed her own blood to "let out some of the hurt". There's Annie, a woman who stopped injuring herself years ago but admits that she would cut again because she loves her scars too much, loves the control they give her over her own body. And Lukas, a forty-three-year old lawyer, describes the powerful, soothing rush he gets from his self-induced wounds: "The feeling I get when the blood comes out is better than anything. It's better than drinking, it's better than any drug I've ever taken, it's better than sex".Why do some people need to inflict pain on themselves? At least two million Americans, and millions more worldwide, are cutters -- notably, the late Princess Diana. Yet, the reasons behind the need to self-mutilate are profoundly complex and largely misunderstood. Marilee Strong shatters the stereotypes and dispels the myths surrounding the phenomenon of self-mutilation and gets to the heart of the matter by way of her subjects. The voices of cutters themselves, combined with Strong's own astute observations, make for an unparalleled exploration of the disorder that has been called the "addiction of the nineties".

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Review: A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

User Review  - Jessa Scheibe - Goodreads

All in all, this book was okay. I often found myself reading multiple subjects, topics, ideas as well as explanations over and over again. Marilee Strong did a wonderful job of digging deep into the ... Read full review

Review: A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

User Review  - dee - Goodreads

This book, divided with many topics associated with self-mutilation (ie Eating disorders, sexual abuse, PTSD, etc.). It offers a great many testimonials. It provides little discussion on ways of for ... Read full review


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Marilee Strong was a senior writer of San Francisco Focus magazine.

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