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Re: New Insights - Cutting and Suicidal Thoughts

Posted by Jay2112 on May 9, 2022, at 17:34:11

In reply to New Insights - Cutting and Suicidal Thoughts, posted by SLS on May 4, 2022, at 8:02:27

> Hi.
> These findings are interesting, and resonate with my own experiences.
> .
> "Thinking about suicide and self-harming alleviates stress, new meta-analysis confirms"
> "Now, a new meta-analysis of 38 studies finds consistent results and themes: that people engage in self-injury and/or think about suicide to alleviate some types of stress; and that the perceived stress relief that results from thoughts and behaviors indicates potential for therapy and other interventions."
> - Scott

Interesting. I have been reading a lot on cognitive science and psycho-education, and one of the popular theories is that the brain develops maps for where/how to find some kind of relief from mental/psychic pain in particular. It's almost, well is, really, cathartic to express that you are in such mortal pain that you want a final solution. Plus, the IDEA of it all going away seems much, much better than living with it. I believe this is why there is a co-relation between suicide and conservative societies that try to keep mental illness in the dark. It's like, there is no hope for relief, so end it all.

As well, regarding self-harm, it does release endogenous endorphins. I am not saying it is thrill seeking, but even in a model rat, it will chew it's tail off if stressed enough.

So, it could also be these 'methods' of stress release are hardwired into our brains over evolution. There are intrinsic maps, cognitively, that may lead to the behaviour.


Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
-Don Miguel Ruiz-




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