We should use the context of therapy to explain, and simultaneously diagram, the cycle. Visualizing the process makes it more tangible and less overwhelming and often helps our clients achieve a fundamental understanding of their self-destructive actions. It also normalizes and universalizes the behavior, making it less secretive and shame based. With a concrete explanation that defines and describes behavior that seems weird, elusive, and bewildering, the cycle helps our clients feel validated, less anxious, and able to reclaim a sense of hope. Processing the cycle puts the behavior into a situational, cognitive, and emotional context. It illustrates how one experience naturally leads to another, and when those experiences are not adequately addressed or shortcircuited, self-destructive behaviors become an inevitable response.