Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Is it normal for me to enjoy Cutting?

15 Answers
Last Updated: 05/01/2018 at 2:03am
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Stacy Overton, PhD.

Counselor

I am an enthusiastic life-long learner and also a professor of counseling. I have a passion for peoples stories and helping to guide and empower the human spirit.

Top Rated Answers
EllieKelly
April 22nd, 2015 6:10am
I believe that it is normal to enjoy cutting. For some it is an escape from a pained existence where they can feel alive by letting go of the emotional pain to replace it with something more physical. For others, the sight, smell, or taste of blood might be cathartic due to the symbolism attached to it. It can represent your life force, where you've come from, connections to family and friends, or it could remind you of why you are still here. I think it's perfectly normal for someone to experience pleasure from cutting, and much of why and how someone cuts is dependent on their mindset behind doing it.
AriM
May 13th, 2015 9:04am
There are two answers to your question. Yes is it normal because cutting can be an addiction. I had that too. Even when I didn't feel depressed I wanted to cut myself because I enjoyed it. It is 'normal' for you to feel that. But it is not really normal. Cutting yourself brings so much more harm than the cut you make. It took a long time for me to understand that by cutting there was more damage then just the cut. I isolated myself so no one saw what I did or could judge it. My whole arm was covered in cuts. they started to hurt, the deep ones got infected and they didn't really disappeared they leave scars. When I acknowledged all those negative effects I didn't enjoy cutting anymore. So that's why there are two answers to your question. It's normal that 'you' feel that way but once you look at it more objective the chances are high you won't enjoy it as much anymore.
SadCutter
November 21st, 2017 4:31am
Yes, It helps you forget about life's problems. You kinda look forward to it through the day. It is one thing you can go do on your own and not have anyone bother you with. It is addicting
dollsneerpiece
January 26th, 2016 3:33am
Yes, feeling better after cutting is 100% normal. Cutting releases endorphins, it takes the pain that was inside and puts it outside. You can literally see it. To me, that always meant that maybe it wasn't all in my head, maybe I wasn't as crazy as I thought I was. It's a useful coping mechanism. On the other hand, it can also be dangerous. Sometimes we lose control, sometimes we go too far, sometimes we scare ourselves, sometimes we scare others. I cut myself for 9 years before I made the decision not to anymore. It's been 10 years now. I've slipped up almost as many times. It took a long time to teach myself other ways to cope, ways that didn't hurt in their helping. Even so, when things get hard, hurting myself is almost always my first thought.
Mark5
November 3rd, 2015 7:16am
This is often a feeling expressed by people who engage in self-harm. There could be multiple reasons for this. One being that it creates a physical pain to match emotional pain. Another to be that when your body gets physically hurt, your body releases certain hormones to combat the pain - these chemicals in the brain can make someone "feel good". They are the body's natural pain reliever. So, in some ways it is normal because your body is releasing a natural pain reliever which can feel good. However, it is often reported by individuals recovering from self-harm that the permanent damage they have done to their bodies is worse than the pain that made them start self-harming in the first place.
BrokenTeaCup
January 24th, 2015 5:23am
Sure it is; cutting releases endorphins. Also if you've been doing it for a while you might have gotten addicted to it. Hope this helps a bit.
Anonymous
June 3rd, 2015 2:06am
What is "normal"? I think that it's common among people. But normal is relative and we shouldn't concern ourselves with it.
Keythal
May 20th, 2015 3:43pm
I think it's pretty normal to enjoy cutting, since you feel things like relief and feeling that you are alive.
Morgan413
February 6th, 2017 9:00pm
it is completely normal for someone to enjoy cutting themselves. its not exactly the best way to cope, but its a common and understandable way. when you cut yourself, or get a wound of any kind, your body releases endorphins. endorphins mask the pain you feel and replace it with a more euphoric feeling, almost like being high. this chemical that is released is what makes it so addictive and, well, enjoyable. just because it makes you feel better though, does not mean that its the path to take when wanting to feel better. there is many other coping mechanisms that can help you, you just have to find the right on that works for you.
Anonymous
February 22nd, 2018 2:46pm
Cutting releases endorphins, which are feel good chemicals, so its normal for you to enjoy cutting, yes
TrainerVanna
December 21st, 2015 3:10am
Yes and no, some people will start cutting to get the attention or numb the feelings they have. But some will start doing it because it feels great. The high is just adrenaline that sometimes we need more. It is wrong which is the no part because that isn't normal to enjoy something that could potential really hurt you but yes because people get addicted to the high of it.
someoneoutthereblr
February 1st, 2016 5:17am
Yes. Cutting releases endorphins which create a sense of happiness. This does not mean it is a good thing to do and I am, in no way, glorifying self harm. You can find other things that will make you happy and I wish you the best of luck
Anonymous
November 7th, 2017 4:43pm
Cutting is considered an unhealthy coping mechanism. I wouldn't say "normal", but it's extremely common for self-mutilation to behave as an addictive habit. When you cut, your brain releases endorphins that help to ease the pain you feel, resulting in an adrenaline rush. That's where the "enjoyment" comes in, and the habit becomes a dangerous game. All I ask is to be careful and highly consider different- healthy- coping methods.
ItsQuintin
May 1st, 2018 2:03am
When you hurt yourself you release these hormones called endorphins which is a pain response hormone and triggers a feeling in the body similar to that of morphine which explains why when lots people hurt themselves it helps them feel better for a tiny bit of time. Reaching out for help to work towards developing safe coping methods is something you might want to look into. Working out also causes the release of endorphins to hide the pain of your muscles being torn etc.
steelnerve
August 2nd, 2016 7:47am
NO! Cuts take longer to heal as its difficult for blood to clot there. Save the blood for something else. We cut ourselves to tell that 'this is how much pain I can endure for this, or them.' Why not just show that feeling of devotion in something productive?