Artwork / Everything’s Fine / Off

a volcano heart erupting with a switch turned to “on,” a representation of emotional dysregulation
Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on panel
16 x 12 inches


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How does the volcano make you feel? Who does it remind you of? Where is your switch located? Is it easily accessible or hidden? Do you control the switch or does someone else?

“Emotional dysregulation” is the technical term for what I’d call “being extra” in an emotional sense. Though the term is far from flattering, it doesn’t necessarily deter people like me who self-identify as intense. In fact, thinking of big feelings as emotional dysregulation can have the unfortunate effect of making me want to be extra extra.

Do you ever wish other people would tap into their extraness more? How do you regulate your emotions?

You can watch the making of Off.