Religion allows self-destructive behavior

Selfharming behaviour

Teenagers have many different issues to deal with on their way to adulthood. This also includes being able to deal with the most varied of feelings and with external and internal tensions. This is not easy!

Many young people experience their world and their emotions as unchangeable, as permanent and truthful, they perceive their feelings subjectively.
If I am offended by another person, I can be sad or angry about it, I can try to convey my feelings to my counterpart or even to understand their behavior in order to enable a more sensitive togetherness in the future.
This peaceful intercourse, however, is preceded by a certain maturation and experience. This self-reflection and the courage to be able to talk about your own feelings develop in the course of our lives and are not possible for all people. This makes it very difficult for those affected to talk about stressful situations or to deal with negative feelings.

Did you know that …

... from history and different cultures self-flagellation is known as a religious act to demonstrate strength of will and willingness to make sacrifices. This spiritual ritual was socially accepted and culturally incorporated and therefore was not seen as a "disease".

But what does self-harm actually mean?

Self-harming behavior means intentionally causing injury or damage to one's own body. This does not take place with the intention of killing oneself. However, the injuries caused can very well be life-threatening and lead to negative health effects (blood poisoning, infections, severing of nerves, etc.).

Self-harming behavior can be an attempt to deal with high levels of internal tension. The pain that is intentionally added physically is an outlet for the suffering felt internally and has a seemingly calming effect. This self-directed distraction from impotent desperation to self-induced calming is likely to be the central point in self-harming behavior. The self-destructive behavior fakes the feeling of regaining control over one's emotions and body. However, this calming effect only lasts for a short time and the person concerned is plagued by massive feelings of guilt.

Did you know that…

... self-injurious behavior is also referred to as auto-aggressive behavior, "auto" comes from the Greek and means something like "without outside intervention".

If feelings and tensions can be expressed and therefore also understood by the environment, fewer (unbearable) feelings of tension arise.

Ultimately, the prerequisite for this is the ability to gain trust in yourself, your options for action and in others. Psychologists and psychotherapists can help in this way. The only important thing is to get help.

Self-harming behavior can also be closely related to the following experiences and behaviors:

  • low self-esteem and low self-esteem
  • traumatic experiences (experiences of violence, crossing sexual boundaries)
  • general impulsive behavior, poor impulse control
  • Disorders like eating disorders or borderline
  • Relationship problems in the family and among friends
  • Alcohol and / or drug use
  • Fear of loss
  • Stress and strong feelings of tension

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