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

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Diane Publishing Company, Apr 1, 1998 - Psychology - 232 pages
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This book is about people who deliberately cut their skin, burn themselves, & break their own bones. They do it systematically for many years, & without help they can rarely stop. Many have lived through severe forms of emotional or physical childhood abuse. Estimates are that more than two million Americans are chronic self-injurers. In this book, women & men, young & old, explain the reasons they hurt themselves, the relief it sometimes brings them, & why they feel they cannot stop. The author explains how cutting can become a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional pain & gaining control over an out-of-control mind & body. Includes information on what people can do to start healing.

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User Review  - sealford - LibraryThing

I wish that more people had the opportunity to read this book. As a person who is very familiar with self-harm, I found myself understanding the mindset behind many of the stories in this book. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - rmond45 - LibraryThing

This is a must read if you know someone you care about that's a self-mutiliator. Our society is so quick to judge others by their actions, particularly if considered "abnormal". This book puts you ... Read full review

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