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Self-punishment is punishment that is inflicted by oneself. Self-punishment comes in different forms and for very different motives, such as:

  • religious penance
  • erotic BDSM
  • pathologic forms (self-harm)

Religious self-punishment

Examples of religious self-punishment:

  • Self-flagellation
  • Cilice
  • Self-imposed chores
  • Self-imposed repetitions of prayers
  • Sleep deprivation

See also Mortification of the flesh.

Erotic self-punishment

Many BDSM toys and forms of BDSM play designed to bring pain or discomfort can be easily used on oneself, such as

Pathologic self-punishment

Deliberate self-harm (self-injury or self-poisoning) is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue without suicidal intent. Unlike BDSM play which follows the SSC principle, these are neither safe (injury results) nor are they done for erotic pleasure. Typical forms are:

  • skin cutting
  • burning
  • scratching
  • banging or hitting body parts
  • interfering with wound healing
  • hair pulling or Trichotillophilia
  • the ingestion of toxic substances or objects

Self-harm is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as a symptom of borderline personality disorder. However patients with other diagnoses may also self-harm, including those with depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and several personality disorders.

See also

More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Self-harm ]



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