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I cut therefore I am? Avoiding labels in the context of self-injury
  1. Stephen P Lewis
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephen P Lewis, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1; stephen.lewis{at}

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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) represents a critical global health concern. While our understanding of NSSI has evolved dramatically over past two decades,1 the language used to refer to those who self-injure has not. Terms such as self-injurer and self-harmer continue to be used throughout the empirical literature2 and likely in clinical settings. From a humanistic standpoint, these referents may perpetuate unhelpful discourses and exacerbate the stigma that …

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