Our expert says:
Well, there is a condition called masochism, in which people seem to enjoy pain and hurt, just as there is Sadism, in which people enjoy horting someone else ; so one of each could be a satisfied couple ! ut your friend could have a more complicated problem we call self-mutilation. If you search the archives of this forum for such terms as "self-mutilation" and "cutting" you'll find we've discussed it rather often.
These are usualyl people with a variety of personality disorder, who under various circumstances are more likely than most of us to feel exaggeratedly abandoned and alone, and when they get to feel very anxious indeed, then swtich off, as it were, and feel very strange and cut-off, and then think of cutting themselves, and find it temporarily makes them feel a bit better --- and they are generally very secretive about this, as they are sure nobody else will understand. They should be advised to see a shrink for a proper in-depth assessment, and then a discussion of their treatment choices.
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