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Self harmers are people who cut themselves because they feel the need to release pressure from their depressed lives. This trait has been said to be one of an emo but this is severly wrong. Every type of person can self harm because of something in their lives.

Often self-harmers wear long sleeved t-shirts to hide their scarred arms or trousers instead of skirts.

Self-harmers harm themselves using; blades, fire, shavers, etc. Anything to relieve the pressure of pain they feel emotionally.
A stressful day at school, he grabs the blade, pushes his sleeves up and starts cutting. This relieves him of his tension emotionally by being hurt physically. The Self Harmer has given into the need of hurting himself.
by Twilight-Princess January 17, 2007
 
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Self Harmers have suffered so much they will cut themselves or injure themselves to relieve themselves of emotional pain. Sometimes a self harmer may think "yes, you can hurt me...But so can I..."*cuts arm/headbuts wall...etc*
Sexual abuse, bullying or just mental isolation could cause self harm. Many self harmers are pressured into dressing an calling themselves emo so people will understand what is wrong with them...Which then leads to them being labelled attention seekers and feeling worse. It's a vicious cycle.
Self harm can sometimes go beyond cutting arms. I rub hairspray into them after which hurts like hell.
Sometimes self harmers stop before a certain using a cutting implement e.g razor, kitchen knife (but a craft knife seems to be fine...i should know)
Most self harmers are normal people who have suffered and have not "got over it" even if the event happened years ago. They may act manic depressive or paranoid, and have no trust. They act differently around people who they know, pretending to be happy and bubbly, or just very shy...
Me. I am a self harmer. I am not proud of my battle scars, and I wish you could see how f*cked up you left me. But I don't. You're happy, I'm not. What good would I do do by making you feel guilty and unhappy? I won't show you my blood, since I have no heart to bleed from anymore.
I'm not emo I just hate myself.
by Nathalie Angel October 20, 2007