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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ISBN - 10:0393319385

ISBN - 13:9780393319385

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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