Involuntary by Elise Ketch

“Involuntary” is an exploration of our bodies’ involuntary actions and impulses. What would it mean for a person to lose one of those functions? On the surface, it appears surely they would perish; but it would also mean there is something fundamentally wrong with their physicality. I wished to connect our physical reactions to times of great  duress to our mental states. For instance, under great stress one might hold their breath, or feel their mouths go dry, or feel as though they are unable to think at all. These are all involuntary functions, yet under stress people may unnoticingly restrict them. At times like these, we may feel like we are missing parts of ourselves, or that parts of us have become disingenuous. Does this mean there is something fundamentally wrong with our mentality or innately wrong with ourselves?

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