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02 November 2006 @ 07:45 pm
SI and addiction  
How addictive do you think SI is?

I've heard a lot of comparisons between self-injury and drug addiction or alcoholism. Yet unlike alocholism, SI-ers often stop completely randomly without other intervention. Since it's a coping mechanism, maybe it would take the place of an internal coping mechanism like, say, blaming other people for your problems. To defeat SI, it would be like getting rid of a negative personality trait, which is diffcult in itself but not physically addictive. Does that make any sense?

Then again, when I feel compelled to SI, I get a tingling sensation in the place where I want to cut, kinda like my skin is asking me to hurt it. That's pretty damn physical. Does anyone else get that? Do you think it's a sign of a physical addiction?
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Scarlet Starletauroralynx on November 2nd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, that makes one of us. I think some people just have a self-destructive urge that manifests itself in one way or another.