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

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1. a person who has emotional difficulties
2. need a way to express their emotions
3. can not deal with the world ergo they cut themselves to escape from reality
i'm a cutter because i hate society these days
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someone who cant deal with life, some feel like they wamt to die, they cut themselfs to relive emotional pain. they most likely have a mental disorder, crying probably used to help the pain but it stoped so they felt physical pain could help relive the emotional pain, not all cutters who tell friends or dont hide the scars are attitntion seekers.
i cut my self and it did help, i dont always hide the scars, but i try as offten as i can, my best freinds know and my mom knows and shes getting me perffesional help. sometimes it feels like i have to cut my self and i use all my will power not to because i dont want to be a cutter anymore.
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One who by profession or inclination maims, mutilates, or amputates the genitals of unconsenting victims, sometimes trafficking in their flesh to make face cream for Oprah.
"The cutter thought he could get away with skinning the penis of a certain high profile four year old, but he was full of Nebus."
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Colloquial; one who maims, mutilates, or amputates the genitals of another without consent through forced restraint (and in some cultures, kidnapping) as a profession or hobby.
"The cutter thought he'd gotten away with skinning a certain four year old boy's genitals, but he was full of Nebus."
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Somebody who deliberately harms their body to release emotional pain without the intention of suicide
Amy - I am a cutter because I was bullied for three years. People called me fat and worthless. I now suffer from depression and anxiety and I cut to real ease my inner pain.

Michael- I cut because it makes me feel in control. Whenever I feel worthless or that I should die, I cut myself to remind myself I am a real person with feelings.

Caroline- I cut because my mom died a few months ago. It helps me cope whenever I miss her.

Rachel- I cut because I have really low self esteem and I hate myself so much. Self harm is the only thing that helps me.
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In a fantasy series a cutter commonly refers to a hitman of some kind or other.
The cutters ambushed us and most of the party fell.
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someone in a parking lot who walks down a row of cars making you think he is heading to his car but then cuts through to a different row of cars
we were looking for a parking spot and followed him slowly as he walked down the row to his car when all of a sudden he went between two parked cars and into the next row of parked cars where someone else got his space. we were so annoyed! we put down the window and yelled "CUTTER!"
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