Scarification is Not a Cry for Help
October 8th 2009 13:47
You'll find that even people with tattoos, may find scarring a sign that a person is asking for help. But, it's not like cutting. It's not like you're taking a blade and just slicing your skin. Scarification is a beautiful art when the process is handled by a professional.
People who opt to have a solely decorative scar, is not paying good money to have skin cut and in many cases removed from his/her body because they feel like they need to cut themselves.
Self cutters generally cut for attention, but there are actually about 3-4 general types of cutters. (These are general reason. None specific and do not apply to everyone.)
1. They may have the occasional urge to cut themselves, which usually isn't going to cause too much attention.
2. A self cutter may cut themselves to feel the physical pain instead of focusing on the mental pain.
3. You may have a self cutter who just wants attention; these people will generally cut themselves in the open where people can see, such as wrists, arms, legs, etc. These people are hard to help because while helping them, you're just giving in to what they're wanting, which is attention, but you just can't sit by and let them continue to cut.
4. Fetish cutting is another common form of self cutting, which in this case can turn out bad if the cuts are too deep, but most of the time these cuts are controlled and situational.
Scarification does not fall into any of these categories. It is more of a tattoo than cutting. People who get decorative scars generally have it all planned out, as it is permanent, and it would surely take a good bit of Mederma to fade the scar. Generally, people will get flowers, flames, and tribal designs. Scarification in any of it forms- branding, skin removal, dremel, etc.- is going to fall into the body modification category more closely with tattoos,
People who want or decide to pay for a professional scarring, should not be harassed and pestered about talking to someone about any potential problems or suicidal thoughts. Just because someone gets scarification, it doesn't mean they're crying for help.
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