**TRIGGER WARNING** I'm about to talk in detail about cutting. I fully understand and agree with this site's anti-self-harm stance, and I am by no means advocating self-destructive behavior. However, I often have a hard time seeing what's so bad or wrong about these behaviors. I want to not want to do these things, but when it comes down to it I can't think of reasons not to. I'm not trying to be argumentitive, I'm just looking for thoughts to counter the following rationalizations for cutting: I'm not trying to kill myself I know where major veins/arteries are and avoid them I keep everything sterile and have first aid supplies handy There's someone else home in case of an emergency People do other unhealthy/risky things like smoking, over eating, speeding, etc. and it's not seen as sick, wrong, or dangerous as cutting. This seems like an arbitrary distinction to me. None of these are good things to do, but I don't see why is such a big deal that cutting is a vice of mine.