There is a fairly good understanding in society about physical self harm – such as cutting, burning etc.
But, there isn’t anywhere near as much insight and understanding, as to all the many ways child abuse survivors – emotionally self harm.
The following are ways survivors of child abuse – harm themselves. Often completely unaware they are self harming. It is often not a deliberate act of self harm.
When considering whether a behaviour or thinking is harmful, it is necessary to look at the result of it. Is there something negative occurring, as a result? If there is, and the survivor keeps repeating it, then this is emotionally self harmful.
I want to make it clear prior to anyone reading this – there is no judgement about any of this. I am simply pointing out what I see are understandable – but unhealthy ways child abuse survivors harm themselves. And only in identifying these, can a survivor choose to change and heal. Continue reading