When I cut myself, I usually listen to my ipod at the same time. The songs don’t have to be either happy or sad, they just have to be there to take me to another place, almost like I don’t want to believe that I’m still cutting myself, or maybe it’s the same feeling I get from cutting. Also, the music drowns out the sound of my skin and the knife, which makes me shiver. Listening to music and cutting myself both make me feel less alone.
Person [female, age 17, began SI at age 16, highschool student]