Self-esteem and self-injury

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Self-esteem and self-injury

I've never met a happy self-injurer. In other words, I think that people who self-injure are doing so because there is a tremendous discontent. Most of that discontent is an internal discontent. They are not happy with themselves, they don't feel like they are good enough. As a matter of fact, many self-injurers have said things like they are a black spot on a cancerous lung. They are devil incarnate. So it is not just a disliking of oneself, but a true hatred of oneself. It really is more than just low self-esteem, but really not liking who they are or comfortable in one's own skin.

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Dr. Lader is co-founder and clinical director of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals. In addition, she served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. 

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