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Off topic, one of the things I could kick myself for was that when I worked in London, a good friend of mine was a good friend of that poet, Stevie Smith, and often suggested that's she'd arrange for us to go and have lunch with her, yet never got round to it befoere Stevie died, and I never pushed or nagged her before it was too late. Would love to have met that marvellously quirky person.
SI can be infectiouys, to a degree, and can see small epidemics in a boarding school or other hostel at times. But for most people it soon dies out. So your pal discussing SI with Mark might not be helpful, unless he can talk confidently and convincingly as some one who has got over SI and his miseries, and can help to put it into perspective.
Yes, publicising the wounds is unusual, though in the aforementioned situations where there are a group of cutters, there can be an element of competition, and "I have moure wounds than YOU" about it, at times.
Getting all on the same page sounds desirable, but wouldn't it be experienced by Mark as all his pals talking about him behind his back ?
A real friendship is, is it not, a relationship within which, tactfully, one should be able to talk about almost anything ?
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