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Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding and Helping Those Who Self-Injure (TH1NK) [Paperback]

By Jerusha Clark (Author) & Earl Henslin (With)
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Item description for Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding and Helping Those Who Self-Injure (TH1NK) by Jerusha Clark & Earl Henslin...

Shedding light on a very dark condition, a unique resource delivers hope to victims, who engage in a shocking physical expression of extreme emotional and spiritual trauma, and their loved ones. Original.

Publishers Description
Cutting is a practice that has crossed age and gender lines. It's not just depressed teens who inflict injury on themselves--it can be anyone dealing with overwhelming feelings.
This book explores the complex issue of cutting without offering any pat or simple fixes. It examines the psychology of, the feelings of anger and despair behind it, and the counseling resources that can help.
This book is a great tool to help those who engage in cutting, pastors who want to learn more, or those who need to understand someone who practices self injury.

Community Description
It is estimated that millions of young people engage in some form of self-injury, a shocking physical expression of extreme emotional and spiritual trauma. Because it's so misunderstood, "cutting" has often been reduced to little more than a bid for attention or an adolescent phase. But this behavior should never be taken lightly, as it points to a problem much deeper than what we see.

Jerusha Clark, with Dr. Earl Henslin, tackles one of the most disturbing trends among teens today. Drawing from a rich source of research and interviews, Jerusha explores a complex problem with no easy solution. With an empathetic ear and compassionate voice, she brings light to a very dark condition and delivers hope to victims and their loved ones.
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Studio: NavPress
Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Age  12
Series  TH1NK  
ISBN  1600060544  
ISBN13  9781600060540  

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More About Jerusha Clark & Earl Henslin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jerusha Clark is the author or coauthor of several books on spiritual growth, women's issues, marriage, and mental health, including the bestselling Every Thought Captive, and Your Teenager Is Not Crazy (coauthored with her husband, Dr. Jeramy Clark). She also enjoys teaching at churches, retreats, schools, and conferences. She lives near San Diego, California.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Mental Health > Emotions
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > Mental Illness
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > Pathologies
4Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General

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Self-injurers Club is Eight Million Strong--and Rising.   Feb 9, 2008
According to Jerusha Clark, the self-injurers club is eight million strong--and rising.

The stories in Jerusha Clark's thoroughly researched work on self-mutilation, while tastefully presented, are terrifying accounts that can be hard to stomach. Some vignettes are stories by practitioners describing their clients, while others are testimonies from the sufferers themselves, recounting their experiences about the first time they cut, how bad things got, and how someone helped, or failed to help them when mutilation was at its worst. One woman wrote,
"[my friend] Cori didn't judge me, get angry, retreat, or act frightened. I remember the hugs that she would give me and the prayers she would cover me with. When I felt ready to talk about it, Cori would listen and help me think through what I could do next. If being alone felt too threatening, she would stay with me.
Other people reacted terribly. My sister flipped out and lectured me for two hours, battering me with Bible versus that "proved" God wouldn't want me to do this to myself. She didn't understand why I couldn't just stop, since I knew cutting was wrong."
There is an old saying that some types of Christian counseling (the bad kinds) are like giving the client a Bible verse and a razor blade--I suppose to self-mutilators that expression most aptly applies. Fortunately, in Cutter's Mind, Clark does a good job of integrating Christian faith with clinical knowledge.
While lay counselors, or even some therapists, might appreciate the introduction to the topic of cutting, there is no doubt that this book is directed toward friends and family of persons who self-injure. In fact, the author assumes the reader knows so little about mental health counseling that "psychotherapy" in defined on page 160 in this simplistic way: "The form of therapy you may be best acquainted with is called psychotherapy or `talk' therapy. People make an appointment, see a counselor, and discuss what's going on..."
One selling point of the book is that it incorporates several SPECT brain scans. These scans actually do add a bit of interesting content, showing the reader that emotional issues can have a physiological component. This information suggests that, contrary to what some believe, cutting is not attention-getting behavior, nor a direct product of low self-esteem.

The problem's roots reach much deeper inside a cutter's mind.

Final Note: Online counseling may be a way for struggling persons to get help. Learn how to provide online counseling with this book: The Therapist's Clinical Guide to Online Counseling and Telephone Counseling: The Definitive Training Guide for Clinical Practice

silent epidemic of our youth  Nov 24, 2007
Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding And Helping Those Who Self-Injure The Haunting cover and the subtitle of this excellent book will help you understand and help those who self-injure. Cutting, burning, hitting, bruising, picking at one's skin, excessive hair pulling, intetentionally interfering with healing and avoiding medical care are just some of the physical manifestations. This book is an excellent source of how to really understand and be helpful. It is very well balanced both to those who want to help, and those who self injure.
Our youth pastor said of the 200 youth he counsels there are many in need of help, I had not realized this. Self injureres are "living proof that when the body is ravaged the soul cries out, when the soul is trampled upont the body bleeds". The last part of this book has many resources for therapists, groups, alternative and excellent advise. I had to replace this copy because it was used so much.
First Christian Book on Cutting a Pleasantly Surprising Find  Mar 30, 2007
As a recently former cutter who is a Christian and has written her own e-booklet on cutting (Cutting: Self-Injury and Emotional Pain), I was looking forward to reading this book with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Mostly, though, I was just afraid. Afraid of the denial, oversimplifying and overspiritualizing that I've been subjected to at the hands of well-meaning (and sometimes not-so-well-meaning) Christians.

This book was an utter and thoroughly balanced surprise. I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks to understand self-injurers better. While being authentically Christian, the author does not minimize the psychological and physiological aspects of self-injury. And while she pays due attention to the spiritual side of self-injury, she doesn't equate self-injury with a solely spiritual problem. Speaking of depression and its interplay with self-injurious behaviors, she writes:

"Though it is scientifically clear that depression is both a physiological and cognitive condition that affects each person uniquely, some doctors write prescriptions for every patient suffering from depression, disregarding other factors that contribute to a person's well-being. Some counselors, on the other hand, downplay the importance of medication, insisting that therapy (or prayer) will eradicate depression. But research shows that most depressed individuals respond best to a combination of treatments."

In the words of a cutter, the author also issues a caution to would-be helpers in the church:

"I used cutting to make the torrential pain inside me visible, tangible. I wanted to know--and wanted other people to know--that my hurt was REAL. Someone might tell me I had no reason to be sad or anxious, but they couldn't argue with bleeding wounds. . . . It would have been nice if someone had reached out to me then. But even the church seemed to turn its back on me. People kept telling me to 'have more faith' or 'look at the good things in your life.' And I wanted to. I didn't want to be depressed. . . . I tried so hard. But I kept falling deeper and deeper into gloomy emptiness."

The author explains, "overscripturalizing and spiritualizing people's struggles or their paths toward recovery usually ARRESTS rather than encourages recovery. . . . Some of the most common are shaming messages from graceless religion." Indeed, this is what happened to me, but it does have to be this way, "We can help reiterate, over and over again, words of truth, hope, mercy, and love into their [self-injurer's] lives, all of which combat and oppose the darkness."

Reading this book affirmed my journey of healing, my journey back into the embrace of a once distant and condemning God. The author acknowledges: "It would be wonderful if once a person came into a hope-filling relationship with God, all his or her broken means of self-protection and self-help would magically disappear. . . . Through the process of sanctification, people GROW INTO their belief in a God who brings beauty from these wounds and hope for the hopeless. . . . Sanctification is a process that spans a lifetime. Healing doesn't have to happen all at once. The self-injurer you love will be transformed from the inside for the rest of his or her life."

Thank you, Jerusha and Earl, for helping people, most of all self-injurers, see that Jesus' body was broken, battered and wounded so ours don't have to be, so there is no longer any need for the self-injurer's body to be the sacrifice for sin. By his wounds we are healed (even if medication and therapy also help!).

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