“I can feel the hurt. There's something good about it. Mostly it makes me stop remembering.”                               ― Albert Borris, Crash Into Me

Self-Harm (SH), also called deliberate self-harm (DSH), is the intentional and direct injuring of body tissue by oneself without clear suicidal intentions. As most forms of human behavior, it’s a way the subject chooses to deal with overpowering levels of emotional anguish, to express it and get some relief from it. This behavior is not generally a mean to kill oneself, not intentionally anyways – although there are cases where the result has been fatal - but rather a sadistic-masochist self-punishment method. People engaging in this sort of procedures are generally in need of help, and their self-harm can also be seen as a way to seek help and attention on their condition.

10 Common Types of Self-Harm

How to self harm oneself? You may want to know the answer. Below, we have presented you with a list of common ways individuals have ever used to make self-inducing pain and harm to their bodies. Note that addictions, alimentary disorders or reckless attitudes such as overspending are not generally considered to be self-harming behaviors and therefore have not been listed here.

Cutting Oneself

We have chosen to list this method of self-harm as number one because we believe it to be the one most people would think of first hand. This, however, is not true, as only about 30% of self-harming youngsters have been reported to cut themselves as a way of harming their bodies. It’s also a far more common method among females.


Using Objects

The second self-harm method includes punching or kicking certain objects, walls or materials, or either dropping stuff on oneself from a distance in order to cause bleeding or bruising oneself. About 40% of self-harming people have been reported to use this method.



This has proven to be quite an extended way of self-harm that it is reported in more than half of self-harming people, making of it the most common type of self harm on our list. It is the use of fingernails or certain objects to pick the skin or scratch it to the point of leaving marks or causing bleeding, generally with no serious consequences.



This way, albeit being quite unusual among self-harming people, has caught the attention of many by its peculiarity. It works by inscribing symbols, words or images in the skin, generally with the use of certain utensils, therefore involving some sort of ritualistic aspect to the act of damaging the body of oneself.


Ripping the Skin off

This is another bizarre and uncommon method, used by less than 15% of all reported self-harming people. It is basically the tearing-off of the skin tissue, generally using some sort of sharp object. It’s particularly dangerous as pealed-off skin will cause infections quickly.



Maybe regarded as a taboo method when it comes to talking about types of self-harm, an excessive or inexistent sex-drive and abusive sexual behaviors have also been considered as self-punishment methods by many, which often leads to promiscuity and infidelity, further causes even serious psychological damage.



This is another unusual way for people to self harm themselves, and it is estimated that this self harm method is in less than 15% of all cases. It involves the burning of the skin, generally by using a lighter.


Impeding Healing

This method is also combined with one of the others in our list by refusing to heal oneself after having committed self-harm. It’s been reported in around 13% of all research subjects.



More common amongst females, as you can imagine, this is another way people choose to harm themselves, often resulting in severe damage by extreme pulling of the hair.



We have left this one for last because it is still debatable whether to consider it as one of self harm methods or not, despite its recklessness and very serious consequences. Yet it is still considerable in the list.


Self-harm is quite a serious issue that should not be undermined or not taken care off. Anyone who believes himself to be in that situation to a certain extent (because we may all, at the end of the day, consider ourselves to be self-harming) where the condition is becoming ostensibly serious, should immediately seek professional assistance.

There are several professionals that can offer you their help on this issue. On one hand, you may need to heal your wounds and go to a doctor for this. On the other, if you believe you have an underlying condition to your self-harming behaviors, such as anxiety or depression, you may want to go see your GP, who may also be able to cure your inner wounds. They will ask you questions about your feelings and day-to-day attitude and behavior in order to properly establishing what is causing you to damage your body. Once you get to know the initial problem, you will be in better conditions to tackle the issue.

Your GP may proof very helpful when it comes to detect certain patterns in your behavior, particularly if we are talking about alimentary disorders. Knowing your enemy is a good starting point to combating it. After an initial assessment, you may be sent to your local mental health service, where psychologist will verify the underlying problems and be able to teach your skills and attitudes that will make you more confident and positive in order to fight your condition.


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  • AlyssaJan.5 01:55
    I'm a cutter. I started months ago, but I just want to die. I hate myself.
  • RistenNov.16 02:48
    I don't cut, I fucking slam shit. Like metal doors, windows, walls, not usually people, I'm not that aggressive but I broke every knuckle in my right hand and one in my left.
  • MalcolmOct.21 12:55
    As a granddad in despair over my grand daughter, I look at this lot and see some very desperate young and not so young people. My granddaughter is also desperate for help too. This blog site serves I suppose, those looking for better ways to self harm without offering very much help to those who really want to stop themselves from continuing this alarming behavior. If dopamine is to blame then surely it's an addiction to dopamine or maybe just an addiction per say? Like any other addiction it will take an enormous amount of will power to stop one's self from continuing in the lonesome hours. After giving up smoking for forty years, I know that much anyway. There is lots of help for smokers as it saves the health service money. What I don't understand is "self harm" and why any youngster and those not so young is able to simply forget how much this hurts those who love and care deeply about them. Think of the hurt, consider your future especially if you want children without interference by an outside professional worried that you may harm your child. Think of the stress that this causes your parents/grand parents which could lead them to a heart condition. Think how you will explain the scars once you recover. Every life is important especially yours. Surely your destiny is to live long and try to change things about you for the better, including mental health issues. When we all leave this World but leave at the correct time, the really big question will inevitably be "how shall we be remembered". From an old man who cares,please get yourself some help and never give up.
  • heaven Z.Oct.12 18:39
    i scratch, my mom, she is very...abusive? is what dss is telling me, and my family, my aunt is telling me that, but yeah. so i started cutting and scratching when i was 8 years old. i'm 15 now. and i just took pills. i don't know what's going to happen, but i took 60 pills of xanax just now....and i feel fine, but just tired. y'all. suicide, isn't the answer, and i have no room to talk, but it is seriously just a permanent solution to a temporary problem. i just don't want to be home in this situation, and i'm sure some of you feel that way too, and i wouldn't blame you, i don't walk in your shoes. and now that these pills are kicking in, do me a favor and respond r.i.p. Heaven Z.
  • GabrielleOct.21 10:51
    @ : Please call your family, any friends, relatives if possible. Wish you can love yourself more.
  • JackSep.18 01:12
    This isn't a very accurate article. It leaves out many common forms of self harm, it confuses Self Harm with masochism which is sexual arousal from pain and generally not a coping mechanism or addiction, and lastly it displays very little understanding of why people self harm which can be for a variety of reasons.
  • Random CommenterAug.22 08:00
    Any bump or red spot on myself I have to pick at and open up, any scab I pick open and have recently realised I enjoy seeing the wound bleed. I have bitten the skin off of my fingers completely raw, it hurts and gives a horrible burning sensation, yet I didn't care when I was doing it. I rip the skin off around blisters so it takes for ever to heal. When I can't do any of that or be on my phone I bite my finger nails until they're too short and hurts too bad. I've done these things for years and only realised a couple months ago that it was self harm. Just because I don't cut, or burn myself I didn't know that what I was doing was an actual problem.
  • LucyJul.29 07:54
    I'd like to say that whoever you are and whatever suffering you have just know and hope that it'll get better. Trust me on this and hang on. As time passes you'll realise that time really heals all the wounds and it gets better. You will find a reason to live. Pain is temporary as is happiness but life wouldn't be complete without it now would it? We all are bound to become hopeless one day and get hurt in the ways we thought we could never get hurt but it happens with everyone. You are no exception, believe me. Just hope for a better life where you will be happy. Hope and believe.
  • UnknownJun.28 12:05
    Gahahaha....So pathetic. You're only in the end doing this to yourself. Your subconscious creates things in the back of your mind that felt like it happened. But it didn't. You're cutting and feeling suicidal because you let people's shit get the most of you! So stop lying to yourself and the face the facts. Life is hard at times. And people can't deal with that and what do they do? They harm themselves. Giving themselves physical pain but mental happiness. Its pathetic.
  • Jade HarleyJun.17 15:35
    I usually rub something on my palms to burn them, its usually hard plastic It feels good however even though it burns a bit
  • TammyMay.17 23:32
    I am 15 I like to tie myself up and hit/run myself in to things, but I have a good life and am happy.I don't know why I do it.
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