Cutting: Understanding And Overcoming Self Mutilation

Paperback | May 15, 1999

bySteven Levenkron

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Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehensible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, Cutting explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and describes how patients can be helped.

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Self-mutilation affects about two million people in the United States. What is the psychological reasoning behind self-inflicted pain? Cutting explains the origins of this often secret practice and how to help a self-mutilator. The author uses examples from his own therapy practice to help treat this disturbing disorder. Also, advice f...

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Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehensible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples fr...

Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books, including Cutting and The Anatomy of Anorexia. He lives and practices in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:May 15, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding the strange and weird behavior As someone who is unfamiliar with this subject, but witness a few teenagers who suffer those behaviors, this book helped me understand various underlying reasons for cutting. Easy to read and understand, this book gave lots of personal examples to describe the many years of dealing with self-mutilating patients. Levenkron's expertise and insights will educate those who are witnessing self-destructive behaviors and equip them to be good constructive helpers. However, I do not see this as a self-help book because a supportive system is much needed for full recovery.
Date published: 2006-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This guy is the only SI expert in all of America to treat it as a mental illness on its own. This is the best book you can get on it.
Date published: 2003-06-19

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Self-mutilation affects about two million people in the United States. What is the psychological reasoning behind self-inflicted pain? Cutting explains the origins of this often secret practice and how to help a self-mutilator. The author uses examples from his own therapy practice to help treat this disturbing disorder. Also, advice for therapists and families of self-mutilators helps bring compassionate understanding to a mysterious condition.

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Casts an eye on the emotional pains behind a dark adolescent practice. — SalonLevenkron understands well the need for sharing basic information about this taboo subject as well as strategies for treatments. As a therapist who has worked with this problem for more than twenty years, he has much to offer.... Well written and engaging, [Cutting] educates the reader about a subject on which too little has been written. — New England Journal of MedicineClear and comprehensive information on the causes and effective treatments of this mysterious disorder. — Publishers Weekly