I'm totally shocked by the number of people who find it neccessary to critisize and make fun of cutters. Cutting is a seriuos issue and is no more worty of being made fun of than any other illnesses (down syndrome, diabetes, mental retardation). Cutting is often a sign of bigger issues that need immediate attention, such as depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, ect. The strange thing about human psychology is that there are no set rules. Everyone is different and expresses themselves in their own way. You don't have to have the worste past in the world to be depressed. Depression is a chemical disorder in your brain that can be passed down geneticly. Just because your parents are rich or not divorced doesn't mean that you cannot have depression. In my experiances depression is triggered by life events that overwhelm the affected person. A death in the family may not bother some as much as it does others. There is no chart to say how sad you should be for each of lifes events, and no way of avoiding your genetic past. Also, the sterotype of mostly girls commiting SI is obsurd. Males are just as likely to SI as females. Maybe they dont seek help like females or do it in different ways (punching walls, knowingly doing dangerous things, ect.).

Athough I will admit that in the large numbers of people in the world it has to be true that some peope cut just for attention. These people can usually be uncovered by listening to them talk. Most cutters tell only the people closest to them (spouse, close friend ect.). Attention seekers would have to let almost everyone they know about thier actions in order to recieve the attention desired. Althought I'm sure there are people who are just tired of hiding thier actions, and decide that they don't care who finds out and judges them, but that doesn't mean they will advertise their affliction. It would become increasing difficult to hide the longer you cut since you will eventually run out of space on your commonly covered skin.
I had the perfect childhood, parents were supportive and married, but am still somehow unexplainably sad, bitter and my glass is half empty. Being a cutter helps releive my stress and anger.
V.S.
My mom left when I was 3 and my dad beat me, but I adapted and overcame those obsitcles and am now a stronger person. I would never imagine harming myself.

by slyh20 April 02, 2006
Apparently, according to the sterotype a cutter is someone who cuts, is emo, listens to emo music, apparently dresses emo and dresses all in black.

Actual definition, someone who self inflicts injury on their body by way of cutting, burning. These people typically need some form of psychological help and are usually stereotyped and made to feel even worse. Cutting is a cry for help for some and a way of felling for others. A cutter typically hides their habit and can be spotted through many signs. They can be quiet, they usually wear long sleeved or long legged clothing to cover the scars,even if its 104 degress outside. If you or someone you know is cutting,please seek help!
My prom dated assualted me in bed. A guy at a party sexully assaulted me. One of the guys I knew from work made me jerk him off, and a guy from school molested me while watching a movie. I am constantly in the state of feeling worthless because I have been led to believe that by others. I hate my body and my actions. I am a cutter, I cut.
a person who mutilates their skin by using any type of sharp object. they do this because they are having problems in their life that they don't have any control over.
cutting takes place in all social groups: emo, prep, jock, skater, goth. whatever.
sterotyping cutting into the emo and goth group is wrong.

most people who cut (girls AND boys) are suffering from depression and/or bipolar disorders. cutters who are ashamed hide their mutilations by wearing long sleeves, jeans, etc.
making fun of cutters is not cool (hence, bad examle below), and making fun of them makes them want to cut even more. and this cycle continues.

cutting does releive the pain, but it is not healthy to continue, of course. a person who does cut should see a professional to help stop the additction.
THIS IS A VERY BAD EXAMPLE.
PEOPLE WHO JUDGE LIKE THIS SHOULD BE SHUNNED FROM SOCIETY.
(note: i didn't write this. i found it and it made me mad.)
stupid emo kids who try to get attention.
they say its an addiction or a way to "release emotional distress" but we all know that bullshit. its just a bunch of whiney idiots who have yet to discover sex or drugs.

AIM CONVERSATION:
xBLACKENDxSOULx: im so depressed, i slit my wrist last night
A_Relatively_Intelligent_ Person: fucking cutter...

THE GOOD EXAMPLE.
(note: this is from my own experience.)
i am a cutter. i do it when i feel alone and like i have nobody in the world who can be there for me. there are three people who know, and two of them have tried to get me to stop. the one who hasn't is my best friend, and she was told by my other best friend, who is a guy and cuts too.
i cut because my family is very unsupportive of my education. because i don't have many friends. it is very addicting and it does releive emotional stress. cutting is like drugs, but it doesn't give you cancer. it does, however, mess with your head to make you keep cutting.

i am depressed and possibly have a bipolar disorder. i wear long sleeves all the time. those who read this should not take me for a hypocrite, because i know that cutting is wrong and i have tried to stop, but it's just so hard not to when i'm having a breakdown.

(the person who wrote the bad example is a RETARD and should go fuck up something else.)
by allysonOrene February 06, 2008
for some reason, self-injury has become associated with "emo's", which makes no sence at all as emo is quite a new thing, but people have been cutting for way longer than the trend has been about.
cutting is often a sighn of deeper mental problems. some people cut for attention, and people tend to look down on these people, but in my opinion, if they are realy willing to cut themselves to get attention, then i think they deserve it, but people who cut themselves to try and fit in with the "emo" trend just annoy me.
people who dont cut for attention try to cover it up as best they can, which if really dificult, especialy in summer. cutting helps relieve emotional pain, many cutters cannot explain why they cut, but it just...makes them feel beter.
NOT ALL CUTTERS WANT TO DIE. and that may be hard for you to understand, but it is true.
yes, i am a cutter. but i walk around in jeans, a t-shirt and a hoody. no one knows except one or two of my freinds, they dont talk about it. so dont even think about saying that all cutters cut for attention.
by s9uit December 23, 2007
Someone taking control of their pain, stress, depression or anger by making it physical. Someone who probably doesn't need any more ridicule at this point in their life. Before the modern world it was accepted and highly revered in the form of self-flogging and cutting. Self-injury was a way to outwardly show someone that you've sinned and you're repenting. Whole religions were founded on it. Most cutters are deeply emotional people with very large loving hearts, and when they feel like they've done something to harm themselves or someone they care about emotionally they feel deeply guilty whether they realize in that moment or not. Cutting is an act of repentance by someone who loves completely and can't understand why everyone else doesn't. Cutters have clarity. And when they personally figure out that everyone makes mistakes or that it isn't their fault that life is this way they will gain the knowledge of life and be able to touch everyone they ever meet. Cutters have old souls in a young world.
Sally used to be a cutter, but now she spends her life helping young women with no place else to go.
by Julia Bogart March 27, 2008
a cutter is someone who cuts themselves usually, but not limited to, on their inner forearms, thighs, shoulders, stomachs, etc. some people cut themselves to get attention from others, this is NOT IN ANY WAY A GOOD IDEA, and it makes people think that cutting is just a cry for attention. most cutters hide their scars, but not all do. they may wear long sleeves, pants, bracelets, etc. just because someone does not hide their scars, does not mean they are an attention cutter. it just means they are tired of hiding, or not ashamed of what they do. DO NOT stereotype cutters as "emos" or "goths". it hurts to be called that, i know from experience.
last ignorant person to define "cutter": A cutter is an individual usually a teenager, who uses the repeated slices of their skin with sharp objects as a supposed release from their inner anguish. In truth, these individuals are simply too stupid to know they could just as easily get mental care from a licensed pyschiatrist instead of permanently scarring themselves and adding to their self loath and low self esteem. If you know a cutter, do the right thing, tell a responsible caregiver who can help them, the scars that a cutter leaves upon themselves are simply cries for help.

me: THIS IS NOT WHAT A CUTTER IS, WE ARE NOT TOO STUPID TO GET MEDICAL HELP. WE JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL PAIN THEN "NORMAL PEOPLE" DO.
by Brookie Iksoham July 10, 2008
Cutters are often very misunderstood. They are not trying to commit suicide, which is a popular belief, they're trying to save themselves. They know there might be something out there worth living for. These people have so much depression or anger that they take it out on themselves. Whether they can't share their emotions or don't have anyone to listen to them. It's kept a secret and true cutters never or rarely show their cuts. Sometimes they're embarrassed by what they do because they just want to be happy and don't want people to think there is something wrong with them. Cutting can happen anywhere on the body and by anything... knife, razor, etc. It doesn't contain itself to one group of people, another popular belief is that only emo kids do it. Cutters are everywhere and they're not always the quiet emo kids.
A fad that has come around is fake cutters. They usually make little scratch marks on their arms and then pull their sleeves up as often as possible to make people feel sorry for them. These are troubled people too because they starve for attention and distract from the seriousness of cutting.
Cutters need a lot of help, they need therapy, otherwise they'll end up tearing up there whole body. Most non-cutters can't relate to cutters because they haven't felt the pain they have. These people often become cold, belittle cutters, and are too arrogant to be able to relate. Instead they form stereotypes about them.
I know all of this about cutters because I am a recovering cutter. It's extremely difficult to get past, I have scars all over, but I desperatly wanted to be able to walk around with out being covered head to toe. Someday, I hope my scars will disappear and it's so hard to fall back into too. I don't expect people to always understand, but I just wish the stereotypes would go away. I wish any cutter luck and to hopefully find a way to get better.
by MaryOfNazareth May 29, 2005
Someone who cuts themselves, for various reasons.
Non cutter I know- wears MCR tee and shredded skinny jeans, has dyed black emo fringe.... regular life.... doesnt need to cut, and doesnt

Cutter I know- Honors student, dresses normally, apparrantly "perfect" life, abused by mom and was molested....cuts her hips where it doesn't show even in a bathing suit. Trying to stop, but can't.

other cutter I know- cuts obviously on wrists, wears black clothes, writes terrible poetry. shows off cuts.... actually has a pretty good life

The first two are respectable, even though the second needs help.... the third is swine
by BunnyLake November 04, 2009
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