This article provides explanations for a seemingly paradoxical behavior--harming of the self when one seems to wish not to be harmed. The explanation is illustrated by clinical and by political example.
"Self-Harm as Control of the Other: A Clinical-Political Nexus,"
International Bulletin of Political Psychology: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://commons.erau.edu/ibpp/vol5/iss15/2