With Voodoo dolls we often think that the general idea is that what happens to the doll, happens to the person. However, the doll is simply used as a symbolic representation of the person in question. To make the doll resemble a specific person, a photo or something that was in intimate contact with the person (like a lock of hair, a piece of their clothing, etc) is attached to the doll. This is where the pins come in handy. The pins are used to attach items to the doll, not as an instrument for pain. Voodoo dolls are used for a wide array of things in Voodooism, and most of them are benevolent. So, the idea that everyone who practices Voodoo is sitting at home sticking pins in dolls hoping to harm people, simply isn’t true.