Why do people cut themselves?

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There are many reasons why people cut themselves. The most general reason (outside of culture and subculture) is to gain control over their emotions. If something has happened to the person and they cannot understand and decipher their feelings they may cut so that they can control the pain (physical). They may also do this to alleviate emotional pain after a death or break-up or something along those lines. People also cut themselves because they feel stressed or depressed and they feel cutting is a way to release their pain or anger. However, it does not help, and only makes things worse.