a cutter is a slang term for someone who for whatever reason self-harms. this is in NO WAY to be confused with the recent teeny-bopper craze of being emo where children dress in black and bright colours and claim to be "misunderstood" and cut because MCR have sung about it. i am being generic ofcourse, im sure some emo children have problems.

the reson behind this cutting, can stem from anything from stress, to full blown clinical depression, and often is caused by some traumatic event in the person life. whatever the cause or the reason it is equally serious. cutting is a form of relife, whether to take your anger out on yourself or because you feel worthless and are unhappy with your life, or even just because you are so frustrated you don't know what else you can do. it is a coping strategy, it is therefore almost the opposite to suicide where a person is giving up on life, cutting is perseverence.

cutters are often branded attention seekers. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. i can say from my own personal experience, when you bear the scars of cutting, the last thing you want is anyone to pay attention to them. i spent some of the hottest days of summer in long sleeves until i almost passed out, was forced to remove my jumper and had school friends commenting on my cuts, from then on i preceeded to cut on my stomache.

the best thing you can do to help someone you think might be cutting is to avoid talking about their cuts but constantly reassure them that you care about them and offer them a shoulder to cry on. but don't feel you have to share their burden.
how a cutter feels (based on personal memories): i have a mountain of coursework due in on monday and my parents are in the middle of a divorce and i have no self confidence causing me to be paranoid about what people are saying about me and i am disgusted with my apperance - the pressure and emotion of all of this is building up in my chest i can feel it physically hurting, its hard to breath - wheres my razor? - there, run it over my skin a few times, it cuts like a knife through butter - relife, i can breath again.
by magic. August 21, 2008
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
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
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
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
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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