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A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain Paperback – October 1, 1999
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The book is extremely well written and researched and the case studies sited enable the reader to identify - whether you are or were a self-injurer yourself or know someone who is. The author suggests many reasons why self-mutilators do what they do, why and how this gamut of behaviors addresses crucial needs they have and why it isn't as easy to refrain from when a loved one who doesn't really understand says, "Stop that!" Strong explains the behavior from psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical, chemical, environmental and medical perspectives so that one can gain a full and well rounded picture of self-mutilation, it's causes and it's effects - both overt and obvious as well as subtle and nearly imperceptible.Read more ›
Ms Strong's book explained to the smallest detail all the things happening to me, and helped me feel less of a freak. Not only does this book help people who mutilate themselves to understand why they do it, but she gives great advise on steps to take to move toward ending the nightmare.
This book does not condemn cutters or label them as crazy or disgusting. It doesn't even say that we must stop the slashing that sometimes saves our lives. It is written to inform that there are many, many people hurting so badly on the inside that they must see their pain in the form of blood being discharged from their own bodies, and by offering concrete ways of stopping the pain.
I found "A Bright Red Scream" difficult to put down because it was as though I saw myself actually being seen as me for the first time. I became upset in parts of the book where I learned that we don't always want to give up our ways of dealing because we don't want to do the work, or that we have become attached to what we know works for us. If I am going to be honest with myself, I know these are true statements, at least in my case. I am grateful for this insight.
"A Bright Red Scream" features plenty of quotes from people who self injure, and aims to dispell a lot of the myths around self harm - which it does most efficaciously.
People who do self injure should be warned that this book might be "triggery", and might well spark off a "wanting to cut" episode. There aren't really any practical tips in this book to overcome that, so you might want to get as safe as you can first, and read it in small chunks.
Two personal gripes with this book - one is Ms Strong's frequent use of the word "cutters" to refer to people who self harm .. I really dislike this as a label.. I feel it reduces me to nothing but my behaviour. Whilst it is certainly shorter than other terms, and some people do use it, I have found that as I heal, and work to overcome my self injury, I see my self more and more as "Kirsti", and less as "a cutter".
The second is that although she mentions the internet resources, no actual webpages or URLs are given..while I can't correct that here, as it would violate Amazon.com's guidelines, I think that it could have easily been included as an appendix.
Overall, Ms Strong has written an excellent book, which I wouldn't hesitate to give to anyone who wants to know more about what really underlies self injury.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not written by a psychiatrist, but it comes with high accolades from the nation's top psychiatric experts on this most perplexing problem. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by KBagain
Good case studies but this book and it's research are dated. A lot has changed in the last 20 years.Published 1 month ago by T. Collins
Having a daughter who cuts, this gave me an idea of why and helped me understand her morePublished 3 months ago by suz
As one of the people featured in the book, it has taken all of these years to drum up the courage to write a review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not very helpful... story after story of cutters... not much on what to do to stop it.Published 3 months ago by SJay
Read the reviews before you by this! It may be helpful to the 'doers' but not for the 'doer's parents or loved ones' who want to understand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ann
Very good. I was sent 2of these. Need 2 return 1 of themPublished 10 months ago by Brenda Sue Cochran
Strong is a journalist who has written a comprehensive and powerful book on self-injury. I have read this more than once and get something new out of it each time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by efortescue
Here I quote some of the lines presented in this book,
"Among the cutters interviewed for this book are people who are doctors and lawyers, nurses and Sunday-school... Read more