Cutting is a form of self-injury -- the person is literally making small cuts on his or her body, usually the arms and legs. It's difficult for many people to understand. But for kids, cutting Author: Jeanie Lerche Davis.
Cutting Disorder. A cutting disorder is one in a complex group of behaviors known as self-harm that involves a deliberate decision to mutilate or hurt oneself. Cutting entails making small cuts on body parts such as the wrists, arms, legs, stomach, and chest. People who cut themselves usually try to conceal their wounds.
When self-injurious behavior results in increased feelings of calm or an elevation of mood, these rewards increase the likelihood of the person engaging in the behavior again (positive reinforcement).