Women and Self-Harm: Understanding, Coping, and Healing from Self-Mutilation

Women and Self-Harm: Understanding, Coping, and Healing from Self-Mutilation

Women and Self-Harm: Understanding, Coping, and Healing from Self-Mutilation

Women and Self-Harm: Understanding, Coping, and Healing from Self-Mutilation

Synopsis

Hundreds of thousands of women self-mutilate, yet very little is known about the reasons for this widespread phenomenon or the experience of self-harming itself. Now, this powerful and accessible book gathers together the personal testimonies of a broad range of women who self-mutilate, explores the causes and effects of self-harming behavior and offers strategies for understanding, overcoming and healing from self-mutilation.

Excerpt

This book needed to be written a long time ago. Self-harm, deliberate injury to the body, is nothing new. People have self-harmed over time and across cultures; often in secret and often in shame. It is only recently that self-harm has been recognised as a serious problem that many people suffer with all of their lives, often despairing in their isolation because of the great veil of secrecy which still surrounds the subject. We have written this book with the hope of breaking down some of that secrecy and also of reducing some of the isolation that those of us who self-harm often feel.

We ourselves have each had experience of self-harm; both personally and professionally. For years Dee used self-harm as a way of coping with difficult and distressing feelings. She has also run a self-help telephone line for others struggling in similar ways. Both Jacqui and Gerrilyn are Clinical Psychologists and their professional activies involve working with women who self-harm. In addition both Jacqui and Gerrilyn have each fostered daughters whose self-harming behaviour led to

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