Slang term, sometimes degrading, for someone who voluntarily mutilates themselves through slicing, scratching, burning, slapping, biting, etc, because of extreme emotional distress.
Usually they have a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.
They do NOT want attention or pity. It is a way to vent. It is impossible to fully understand until you start it yourself. There are people of all ages and all cliques and all of everything that injure themselves. It has nothing to do with being "emo" or "goth." It has nothing to do with trying to look "depressed" and it has nothing to do with attention.
Self-injury is addicting. Self-injury is a mode of relief. It's been proven people suffering from mental illnesses are less likely to commit suicide if they injure themselves.
Self-injury is a serious issue that should be delt with seriously. If you can't respect someone just because they injure themselves, you just need to pull your head out of your ass. Please, please, please be understanding and compassionate. It's a sensitive thing. If someone tells you they injure themselves PLEASE be very understanding and just...be there for them. Don't demand them to stop, don't tell them they're stupid, don't ignore them or ditch them, that will make everything worse.
I have been scratching myself for as long as I can remember. I have social anxiety disorder/avoidant personality and clinical depression. I can't look people in the eye. I go mute when someone waves and says hello. I can't stand crowds. When I'm around people my mind goes blank or it rushes with scarring thoughts. I feel nauseous. Dizzy. Lightheaded. I tremble. I cry. I feel cold and hot and virtigo and everything seems so loud and bright and I scream in my head for it all to stop. I feel like I'm dying and going insane at the same time, slowly and painfully. I get panic attacks. There is no way I can stand this. I scratch at my face, my uglyugly acne on my forehead and back. And then I scratch my theighs. There is no route for help, and I've searched. There is no one I can talk to who would understand. I dissect everything I do, no matter how silly it is, I can't let anything go. And I hate myself. I hate my anxiety. And the hard part is, is that it is a personality disorder. It's part of who I AM. I don't just have social anxiety, I AM social anxiety. It hurts. It won't stop or go away. The part of me that can't be changed. I've always been like this. When I was two I refused to talk for two years. In kindergarten I was so unused to social situations, I cried over anything and everything, it scarred me for life. I couldn't help it. I was pathetic. I still am. So I injured myself long before I even knew it was all abnormal. And when I did know it was too late, I was too addicted, I...I'm not really a cutter, but I do injure myself.
by screenaging September 13, 2007
british slang for "change"
used in the movie "A Clockwork Orange"
Homeless Person: "can you spare some cutter, me brothers?"
by warezscene May 08, 2009
a cutter is someone who has alot of shit that goes wrong in their life...and they cut their selves...to relieve the stress and pain they have gone through...people that just do it for attention...and just 2 get people to feel bad for them...need help...because there is other ways of getting attention...not by just cutting...also cutting is almost like an addiction...almost like being anorexic or bulimic...it is really hard once you start to cut yourself...to just not do it any more...
whats that scar from?
...uhh...im a cutter
by SKSKSKS May 28, 2008
the jerk who jumps to the front of the line while everybody waits. they have many tactics, including the infamous "walk up and talk to a friend, then suddenly become part of the line". they are despised by many, but confronted by few.
guy 1 (after waiting five minutes) - look at that guy, he's innocently talking to his buddy at the front of the line
guy 2 - he's not talking to his friends, he's taking cuts! he's a cutter!
by boyioughttaslapyou May 25, 2009
okay first of all, no one knows what a cutting is until they're experienced it. its a way to release stress. you can pretty much refer to it as "the only pain you can control" cutters don't like to made of.
someone might say,
"oh we made of you because we figured you'd stop"
thats a lie.
how the fuck do you even think that?
i dont know.

but seriously,
"emo people" are just like everyone else.
so don't judge them.

even the popular people can be cutters,
they seem so happy on the outside,
but on the inside they could be depressed.


so if you're one to judge shut the fuck up.
oh my god did you hear danielles a cutter?
AGAIN JUDGERS SHUT THE FUCK UP
by dhoeeeee September 18, 2008
From the movie "Breaking Away" (1979), about a teenager named Dave who loves bike racing and dreams about racing the Italians someday.

In the movie the term is used by college students to describe other teenagers who do not attend the college--or any schooling, for that matter.
Mike: They're gonna keep callin' us "cutters." To them, it's just a dirty word. To me, it's just somethin' else I never got a chance to be.
by AWAss November 22, 2006
Someone who self harms (a 'cutter'), by cutting themselves with a sharp object. They do this as a means of being able to cope with their lives, because they are unhappy and depressed. It makes me so angry about how cutters are so often put into stereotypes such as 'emo', and when people who need help are simply labeled (should other people find out) as 'attention seeking'. It is a really serious issue and the person in question needs to be helped before their situation gets worse.

This can be hard as the feeling of being able to cope and regaining control is somewhat 'addictive', but it can be done. Believe me.

People who do self harm for attention, however, i have no sympathy for whatsoever, because doing things like flaunting cuts on your arms at school, etc, is so insensitive to people who self harm for genuine reasons. And that could be anybody, from any walk of life.
Personal experience:

Parents constantly fighting (though divorced)
Suicidal parent
Bad experiences with parents' partners
Trying hard, yet constantly failing
Hating school
Being worried sick about my best mate
Being alone
and dwelling on it too much

is what drove me to be a cutter.

I stopped by:

Talking to someone i loved and trusted
Reducing the amount of work i had to do
Being determined to get better
by cappslockss August 31, 2007
A person who intentionally harms his or her self.
This term is not limited to those who cut themselves, but is also often used to sum up any self-mutilator. Many cutters use various other forms of self-mutilation, such as burning themselves, stabbing themselves with needles, biting, etc...
In GENERAL, but not all inclusively, cutters tend to be female, and teenage to young adult. It is common for a cutter to have been molested as a child, or to be dealing with other sexual inner-torment, but this is definitely not always the case. Any sort of torment can inspire one to cut.
Some cutters cut to focus the emotional pain to the physical, some for the adrenaline rush, and some do it just to feel. Some people become emotionally numb to reality and use cutting as a way to reconnect.
Some cutters bleed, some don't. Some cutters HAVE TO bleed. Some cutters get to the point where cutting in itself is not enough, but they must see the blood, must feel it pouring out.
Cutting does not mean a person is suicidal, but it is common to use cutting as an ALTERNATIVE to suicide. A cutter might be tempted to commit suicide, and usually has issues with depression, but maybe realizes suicide is not a good option. But they have to do SOMETHING; so they cut.
But sadly, oftentimes cutting loses its thrill, and suicide is the only step left. Or the cutting gets deeper-- more blood, more cuts, more pain...
If you think you know somebody is a cutter, don't judge them. And even above that, DON'T ASK QUESTIONS about it. They're ashamed---
I used to cut. When I did it, or rather, WHILE I was doing it, it was everything I needed. Such a relief-- but then when I'd wake up the next morning, I'd see my arms, all scabbed and scarred, and think, "What have I DONE to myself?!" I tried to hide it. The winter was easy, wearing long sleaves every day, but then people began to notice...

Cutting is, I'd say always, NEVER for attention. On the contrary... It's often a habit for someone who just needs something to redirect their OWN attention.
by Miss Tiffany June 12, 2005
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