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Is there a word where you look for things that trigger you, not to desensitise yourself but to hurt yourself? So, emotional, mental or psychological self harm. Is there a word for it?

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    So, psychological self harm? – marcellothearcane Aug 4 '17 at 19:53
  • Yes, emotional, mental or psychological self harm. Is there a word for it? – Nine Aug 4 '17 at 20:09
  • I'd say just that. BTW, Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests – marcellothearcane Aug 4 '17 at 20:17
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    self-flagellation might be nearer, and context would clarify that it is psychological rather than physical. Self-criticism is a recognised psychiatric term, as is depression. People who are severely depressed tend to be trapped in negative thinking and believing themselves as to be unworthy. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 '17 at 4:39
  • But it's important to know whether pleasure is derived from this self-conflicting of emotional pain. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 '17 at 4:40
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This kind of self-harmful behavior is autosadism. It is the desire to inflict harm on oneself, either physical or psychological, and may or may not be sexual in nature.

  • masochism is the first term that comes to mind. – Lambie Aug 4 '17 at 20:22
  • I think masochism has more specifically sexual connotations. – PephenKinD Aug 4 '17 at 20:22
  • Sadism does too. They both have "sexual" connotations. People are sadistic and masochistic due to severe neuroses. See Freud and Lacan. :) – Lambie Aug 4 '17 at 20:25
  • @Lambie, masochism means the desire to receive pain. It does not indicate that the source of the pain be oneself; indeed, I would say that the majority of masochists seek someone else to inflict the pain on them. – vpn Aug 4 '17 at 20:53
  • @masochists are people who get off on pain inflicted on them. I don't believe there is a term for mental versus physical masochism. Masochists seek to feel pain regardless of who inflicts it. – Lambie Aug 4 '17 at 20:57

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