The Social Dimension of Self-Harm

Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Advanced Research in Social Sciences

Year: 2019


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The Social Dimension of Self-Harm

Andrej Démuth and Slávka Démuthová




The presented text attempts to analyze the social aspects of self-harm. The author of the text assumes that self-harm presents a multi-dimensional complex of issues, which can be analyzed within the framework of somatic-psychological-social/spiritual dimensions of a person. He describes the social dimension of self-harm not only as a part of intersubjective relationships of an individual and society, but also as a part of a dialectical relationship of an individual with himself, putting the main emphasis on both the hidden and observable aspects of self-harm and the dynamics of social and cultural pressure on behavior and experience of an individual.

Keywords: Cultural; Self-Injury; Semantics; Spiritual; Unacceptable.