T6 – 3.2 Common Misconception

Common Misconception

Misconception: People who self-injure are just dramatic attention seekers.

Facts: There are many reasons for why someone may engage in NSSI, some of which may be to attract the attention of others to personal distress. Despite the myriad of reasons behind NSSI, they all share one thing in common: NSSI is used as a coping mechanism. For some, NSSI has been the most effective coping strategy they have found to manage their distress. Therefore, it’s important to shift one’s conceptualization of NSSI as merely a means of “attention seeking”, and instead acknowledge the great (and sometimes permanently damaging) lengths someone may go to manage and/or communicate their distress.