I was going to do a blog post about the psychology behind fascination with scars and minor injuries (bruises, scrapes, etc), but all I can find on the internet are articles encouraging people not to be ashamed of scars, social commentary on blemish-free models, advertisements for scar removal, and stuff to do with the Lion King. A Web of Science search of “injury” and “pride” wasn’t helpful either, though interestingly there was a remarkable number of articles about injuries on fruit.
This has made me wonder. Is it unusual that I find (my own) injuries fascinating (even if they’re annoying, debilitating and often embarrassing)? I’m definitely not alone in being proud of scars; I’ve had countless discussions comparing scars or bruises and their stories. People do it in films and stories all the time.
Comparing scars seems like a pretty human thing to do. I think I remember a phrase “Every scar has a story.” So why is there so little literature or internet content on it? Maybe my google-fu just needs more work.
All this was spurred by a recent (and foolish) injury I had rock climbing. The injury itself is annoying and embarrassing (in some ways), but it DID lead to me getting some X-rays. It’s the X-rays that I find fascinating. This is what the inside of my foot looks like!!