maybe for social reasons
Only because I know based off of personal experiences that self-injurers face prejudice in society. It has a huge role in first impressions. If I’m going for a job interview do I want my potential employer to notice that long scar running down my forearm? Of course not, he’ll think I’m mentally unstable and won’t hire me. I know those who have been fired for being caught with SI. This goes for any new person/stranger, potential friends/acquaintances. People are scared of what they don’t understand, especially anything close to death. And I’m not interested in wearing long sleeves for the rest of my life (as I live in a hot state). But I’m not planning to stop even though society won’t accept it. I don’t hate myself for what I do, I won’t let other people’s fear affect me. But I definitely won’t let my SI hinder my survival in this world…since the purpose of me hurting myself is to help me survive life anyways.
Person [female, age 20, began to SI at age 11, college student]