Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds

Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds


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In this revised, expanded, and compelling second edition, the author steps beyond the wounds and scars of self-injury to listen to the words of women and men who engage in the practice. She reproduces personal testimonies and creative works of individuals trapped in the self-injury and food misuse cycle, those who support them, and people who have stopped self-injuring - as well as draws on research data and the latest developments in the field.

It's a perplexing phenomenon with many names - self-injury, self-harm, self-mutilation, self-inflicted violence, self-cutting, and self-abuse to name some. Those who come across it - family members, friends, supporters - and many professionals - struggle to understand why people do it, and find the behaviour disturbing and puzzling. Recent reports imply that it is reaching 'epidemic proportions,' particularly among young people. Furthermore, research suggests that it is a frequent companion to eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and dissociative disorders. Those caught in its clutches claim that it is difficult to stop due to its highly addictive nature, or say they are reluctant to try because it helps them 'feel better,' 'more in control,' 'more real,' or simply 'it keeps them alive.'

It is a book of hope, healing, courage, and enlightenment - not just for those who self-injure or self-harm and their supporters, it is a must-read for everyone concerned with the growing issue of self-injury - that should be all of us.

About the Author:
Jan Sutton is an experienced counsellor, trainer, and author of several books covering self-harm,counselling skills, and stress management. Passionate about the subject of self-injury, she has devoted many years to studying the phenomenon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845282264
Publisher: Parkwest Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations, interviews, case studies and charts     vii
Acknowledgments and credits     xi
Foreword     xv
Preface     xvii
Cautions, disclaimer, and notes     xxv
Exploring self-injury and self-harm     1
Looking beyond the myths     35
Further insights into self-injury     63
Media assertions and attitudes to self-injury, the magnitude of the problem and controversies     92
Two research studies examined     124
Childhood trauma, negative core beliefs, perfectionism and self-injury     139
The cycle of self-injury and the eight Cs of self-injury     186
Dissociation and self-injury     211
Hurting and healing: true stories     240
Heal thyself     264
Guidance for family, friends, and teens considering self-injury     303
Guidelines for those working with self-injury and related issues     321
Creative works by contributors     363
Table of acronyms and colloquialisms     405
Appendix 2     407
DSM-IV-TR criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
DSM-IV-TR criteria for Depersonalisation Disorder (DP)
DSM-IV-TR criteria Borderline Personality disorder (BPD)
Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS)Proposed Criteria
Questionnaires     413
Self-injury monitoring charts     428
CIS'ters: Member Code of Contact     435
Case studies: training resource     439
References     446
Resources     456
Further reading     469
Index     473

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