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In die Skriflig

versión On-line ISSN 1018-6441

In Skriflig (Online) vol.46 no.2 Cape Town nov. 2012

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Pastorale begeleiding van die self-mutileerder

 

Pastoral guidance for the self-mutilator

 

 

Wentzel C. Coetzer

School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North West University, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


OPSOMMING

In hierdie artikel het dit geblyk dat die toenemende voorkoms van self-mutilering onder jongmense in talle gevalle as uitlaatklep gedien het vir opgeboude druk en nie soseer as 'n selfmoordpoging nie. Heel dikwels was dit 'n uitvloeisel van mishandeling en/of seksuele misbruik en die persoon het dan hierdie metode gebruik om van innerlike pyn ontslae te raak. Gevoelens van alleenheid, 'n behoefte aan beheer, 'n behoefte om net iéts te voel, asook 'n behoefte om die self te straf, kon ook 'n rol gespeel het. Die gesinsklimaat was oor die algemeen van besondere belang. Hierdie probleem het aan pastorale beraders en aan die kerk 'n besondere uitdaging gebied deur onder andere veel meer op die probleem van pyn, asook die hantering daarvan te fokus. Dit het verband gehou met die feit dat ontkenning in die verlede 'n groot rol gespeel het in sekere kerklike kringe en ook binne sekere gesinne. As deel van 'n pastoraal-terapeutiese strategie in die begeleiding van die self-mutileerder kon aspekte soos die identifisering van die rol van leuens, die benutting van oplossings uit die verlede, vergifnis, nagmaal, gebed en meditasie gevolglik uiters belangrike komponente van die helingsproses gevorm het. Pastorale beraders sal hulleself ten volle op die hoogte moet bring van die verskynsel van self-mutilering ten einde in staat te wees om werklik te kan help.


ABSTRACT

In this article it seemed that the increase in the occurrence of self-mutilation among young people in many cases served as a pressure-relief valve and not a suicide attempt as such. It was very often the outcome of ill-treatment and/ or sexual abuse and the person used this method to get rid of the inner pain. Feelings of aloneness, a need to be in control, a need to feel at least something and a need to punish the self could also have played a role. The family climate was generally very important. This provided a special challenge for pastoral counsellors as well as the church by, among others, focussing more on the problem of pain and how to handle it. This was relevant to the fact that denial had played a significant role in certain church circles as well as within some families. As part of the pastoral-therapeutic strategy in helping the self-mutilator, aspects such as identifying the role of lies, the use of solutions from the past, forgiveness, the Lord's Supper, prayer, and meditation were therefore very important components in the healing process. Pastoral counsellors would have to be well informed about the phenomenon of self-mutilation in order to be able to be of real help.


 

 

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Correspondence:
Wentzel Coetzer
PO Box 19320
Noordbrug 2522
South Africa
Email: wentzel.coetzer@nwu.ac.za

Received: 09 Mar. 2011
Accepted: 28 July 2011
Published: 29 Nov. 2012

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