I began cutting around two years ago - nothing too serious, it was difficult at first and I didn't understand enough about knives to know how quick, or how slow I should go ( depending on whether I wanted to embrace pain or open my veins ) but I learned. Now, even though the clichés of not swimming/wearing long sleeves, etc. are and will continue to be expressed I have no plans on stopping. I do not feel like being punished, for I have done nothing wrong - I've excelled in school, kept myself physically fit, and have been a very social individual. But I am somewhat confused as to why people give 'self-harm' such a bad name - almost coward-like. I do not cut for attention - my personality has proven to work well enough to stroke the ego once and a while - but I do not hide the scars in public. What I'm trying to understand is this - from personal experience I have found self-harm to be an enjoyable experience - and have researched the occurrence of it in human history for religious purposes (In almost ALL religions) - but I am still confused to why it is labeled as 'deviant'. Perhaps society has grown too cautious? Or, on the other hand, is this very normal?