Cutting, severe scratching, burning, banging or hitting; these are all forms of self destruction. Self destruction can be
described as “the intentional destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned.”
Although there could be several reasons behind the cause of self injury, such as childhood origins or traumatic events, it is often seen as unfamiliar. It is in human nature to survive and therefore avoid physical pain, let alone cause the physical pain
yourself. As explained by psychologist David Klonsky:
"People typically go to great lengths to avoid physical pain and injury as evidenced by staples of daily life such as shaving cream, helmets, and 'slippery when wet' signs".
Still, self harm exists. Self-injurers say they feel numb or dead prior to self harm and do not feel pain during the act. The release of emotional pressure and self-punishment are often named reasons to self injure. Afterwards they often feel lonely and
disappointed, which causes a never ending circle in which they will self harm again.
Role: personal project
Data: 16-5-2017 exhibited in the gallery of the Royal Academy of Art, as part of the 'Somebody Else's Shoes' exhibition.
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