I usually don’t feel immediate pain when I cut or burn myself. I only later feel the pain when I take a shower and the water touches them or if I burned myself then It stings after. But it’s not necessarily a bad type of pain. The pain is good. It distracts me from my emotional stress and pain and it feels good. I’m not afraid of the physical pain, I’m afraid of the mental pain. If I didn’t SI I probably would not still be here.
Person [female, age14, began to SI at age 11]