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    Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting, Self-Injury, and the Adolescent Search for Self (Lori G. Plante)

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    • Parents, school officials, friends and even many clinicians are most often horrified first, then mystified, when teenagers or young adults choose to cut themselves, self-inflicting pain, possible infection and permanent scarring. And today self-cutting is increasingly prevalent among youth, especially teen girls and young women, so much so that psychologist Lori Goldfarb Plante calls it an epidemic not unlike the rate of eating disorders for youths today. It is estimated that about 1 in every 100 adolescents self-cuts, some also self-burn. For some among those, cutting can be suicidal. For most, however, it is not an attempt to bring death, but instead to fulfill often unconscious needs, to ease and numb a point in development that can at once seem overwhelming, exciting, terrifying, thrilling, powerful and seemingly powerless. Cutting may be for these teens a means to vent despair and emotional pain, and to draw the attention and caring teenagers so deeply need. In this book featuring the stories of self-cutters that Goldfarb Plante has treated, she explains the rationale from a cutter’s point of view, citing the many reasons that can be behind it. The therapist author also explains to use in detail how a cutter and the adults who love him or her can heal the pain and stop self-injury. A parent herself as well as a Stanford professor, Plante says caring adults wanting to help youths stop self-cutting need first to understand the frightening developmental tasks that teens and young adults face - independence, intimacy, and identity establishment among them. In an effort to reach developmental goals, some choose hurtful means to attain them. Readers sit by Plante’s side as she talks with girls and young women who have made that choice. But they do recover from this behavior that affects teens and young adults today from across all walks of life.

    • Book Title Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting, Self-Injury, and the Adolescent Search for Self (Abnormal Psychology)
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