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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
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a person who feels they have to take their pain away by taking it on themselves
mi friernd has been in the hospital countless times and is suicide he is a cutter
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A person, commonly a teenage girl, who practices 'self mutilation' but cutting there skin with any number of objects. They generaly cut to relive emotional pain, or because it is the only pain in their life they belive they can controll. Others cut for attention, or to fit in with a group. They come from all backgrounds, but are usually assoaciated with the emo/goth sterotypes.
"I saw Ellie in the school bathroom yesterday holding a razor, she's a total cutter."
by Tearzz November 01, 2005
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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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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
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One who slashes or scratches parts of there body (typically arms, or inner thighs) usually due to depression, self hatred, or in the worst case, an image. It is a serious problem, and it angers me to see people doing it because they think its cool or want to have some emo image. They need better ways to get attention, and are making it difficult to see the difference between a person with problems, or an attention seeker. People get picked on and bullied and called names, because of those attention seeking twats who think they're cool, because nobody can tell if a person is actually depressed or putting on an act. THANKS A LOT EMO POSERS! A common thing someone does when they want to get noticed, is they dont cover it up, or force it in peoples faces. If you see one of these people, tell them to get a life and stop fucking around. If someone does put a genuine effort in to cover cuts up, they probably have a real problem, and shouldn't be picked on.

And for fuck sake, PLEASE resist from becoming and emo poser, JUST BE YOURSELF!
Emo Cutter Poser: Hey, look at what i did last night, pretty deep huh? (shows cuts on arms)
Stranger that doesnt care: Look dude, you shouldnt do that shit, and if you do, don't shove it in my face, i dont care about you and your stupid emo charade.
Emo Cutter Poser: You just don't appreciate my pain. Its people like you who make us emo
Stranger who doesnt care: DUDE! You dont even know what you're talking about! UGH *walks off*
Emo Cutter Poser: I am so DEEP. So sick of those shallows fools.
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The act of using your body as a canvas to paint the tears of your heart.
A cutter is someone whose heart has been broken.

Maddy was a wanna be cutter cos she thought it was the emo way.
by The Moody Poet October 29, 2006
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