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    Default Types and dealing with depression via cutting

    I was wondering if there is any correlation between a specific type and cutting themselves

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    I don't know of any statistics... and it's kind of hard to collect samples; most cutters won't report it.

    I'll be honest: I've cut before, and I still feel strongly tempted even nowadays, from time to time. It's usually done for one of two reasons with me: Either I feel a lot of emotional pain I don't know what to do with, or I'm punishing myself for not being as pure or strong as I feel I should be.

    Maybe types that more easily go in those directions would be more susceptible. I would suspect there to be less ExTJ and Type Eight cutters, for example, than some other more passive types.
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    I know an isfj who did it in the past.

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    I can imagine the INFPs. I know an ESFP who used to.
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    Gotta say too, it's usually a woman thing.
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    ...I'm a bit hemophobic so I wouldn't dare dream of doing such a thing. I also don't understand why someone would do it. It hurts, it's disgusting and it's harmful. The most likely ones to do it are the INFPs in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    ...I'm a bit hemophobic so I wouldn't dare dream of doing such a thing. I also don't understand why someone would do it. It hurts, it's disgusting and it's harmful. The most likely ones to do it are the INFPs in my opinion.
    I should ask my ex-roomie. She deals with teens in psych wards and talks all the time about how many girls there are/were cutters. (And no, I don't imagine even 15% of them are INFPs. I wouldn't be surprised to see lots of IxFx's, though.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    ...I'm a bit hemophobic so I wouldn't dare dream of doing such a thing. I also don't understand why someone would do it. It hurts, it's disgusting and it's harmful. The most likely ones to do it are the INFPs in my opinion.
    I think it could happen to any type if the circumstances are right. For some people it's a coping mechanism, a release of intense emotions that seem too difficult to handle any other way. It's a sort of tunnel vision behaviour, people doing it are only thinking about the relief they get as a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I should ask my ex-roomie. She deals with teens in psych wards and talks all the time about how many girls there are/were cutters. (And no, I don't imagine even 15% of them are INFPs. I wouldn't be surprised to see lots of IxFx's, though.)
    Well if you count in the percentage of INFPs out there I'd be surprised if it was even 5%. I'm just matching things together. Wasn't it the INFPs who experience depression the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    I think it could happen to any type if the circumstances are right. For some people it's a coping mechanism, a release of intense emotions that seem too difficult to handle any other way. It's a sort of tunnel vision behaviour, people doing it are only thinking about the relief they get as a result.
    Well I certainly wouldn't ever do it. I also can't imagine any ESTPs, ESTJs or ENTJs doing it. It would be weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    Well if you count in the percentage of INFPs out there I'd be surprised if it was even 5%. I'm just matching things together. Wasn't it the INFPs who experience depression the most?
    I honestly don't remember, sigh.
    Did we have a thread here about it, ever?

    I'm just saying usually when I run across cutters, the bulk seems to be teen girls of F variety, who are full of conflicted values, self-loathing, and powerlessness. Even ISFJs cut themselves. That "body image" thing hits teenage girls hard.

    I never cut until well into adulthood, and because I felt very very locked into a vise... I was under a lot of pressure from family to be something I was not, and it was killing me, but to change what I was doing was seemingly impossible and terrifying... so... I started to cut myself.
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