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Can one really become unconscious at his/her will?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8212points) April 14th, 2010

I saw so many realistic evidences about people that become unconscious at their own will (i.e. when one saw one of his/her family member is dead,when one hear incredibly exciting news,etc). Basically,I don’t believe if one can become unconscious at will. I’m sure people like that did that on purpose to earn some sympathy or maybe they’re just over-reacted. I also believe emotion and depression play some role on it but I’m just not really sure about it. I myself never ended up unconscious even after I have dealt with many sudden destructive incident with major effect. It’s interesting to know if we(human) can become unconscious(really unconscious) on purpose. So,I curious about how physically/biologically one could become unconscious? (Hmm…. This could enhance my acting ability).

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Sophief's avatar

I doubt it, but if it is possible I’d give it a go.

rebbel's avatar

Unconscious as in fainting?

tranquilsea's avatar

At will? I don’t think so.

bobloblaw's avatar

Unconscious at will… you mean sleeping?

Your_Majesty's avatar

As @rebbel just said. like fainting.

marinelife's avatar

It is not at will. It is fainting. From Wikipedia:
“A vasovagal episode or vasovagal response or vasovagal attack[1] (also called neurocardiogenic syncope) is a malaise mediated by the vagus nerve. When it leads to syncope or “fainting”, it is called a vasovagal syncope, which is the most common type of fainting.

There are a number of different syncope syndromes which all fall under the umbrella of vasovagal syncope. The common element among these conditions is the central mechanism leading to loss of consciousness.”

rebbel's avatar

Fainting, by the way, is pretty easy to achieve purposely.
I did that twice, in my teens, and i was really ‘gone’.
I wouldn’t recommend it, because i don’t know if it is a dangerous thing to do.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@marinelife Interesting fact! Is there any possibility that we(human) could manipulate our body and neuron system to become really unconscious?

@rebbel May I ask what method did you use?

Cruiser's avatar

I have a couple employees who apparently are masters at this.

rebbel's avatar

I’ll PM you.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

20 mg of Valium and out like a light for 6 hours, guarranteed.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land Sounds good! Is that really safe?

tranquilsea's avatar

If you’re in bed: yes. If you are driving down a highway: no. And no if you happen to be allergic to it or have some other adverse effect.

nikipedia's avatar

Can I ask why you’re interested in this?

Your_Majesty's avatar

@nikipedia Well,Basically I’m still sane. I see some possible usefulness and benefit behind this. Well,just say,if somehow your boss/friends want you to do something they think you must do but you don’t want to do it then you could use this trick to get away from the problem,if you want to earn other people’s sympathy toward your problem,to over dramatize some situation if necessary,etc. I’m quite manipulative and opportunistic through acting. I want to really become unconscious so I can’t be blamed and I won’t feel guilty for doing that.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Here’s another way: One Tequila Two Tequila Three Tequila FLOOR!

Your_Majesty's avatar

@OneMoreMinute LOL! Also sounds good! Two glasses of red wine works well on me. I’ve never tried Tequila before,but maybe I should give it a try sometime. Oh my head….

nikipedia's avatar

@Doctor_D: Um… why not just say no if you don’t want to do something?

Your_Majesty's avatar

@nikipedia If it will really work that way I wouldn’t have to ask this question(actually I’m just curious about the fact behind people’s unconsciousness in my question,the benefit behind this is my second/minor curiousness). Sometime you need clever way to solve some problem.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

@Doctor_D Well then, have you ever tried Melon Margaritas, blended…at just about any Mexican restaurant. I love red red wine too!

Your_Majesty's avatar

@OneMoreMinute I’ve never tried that too. But thanks for your recommendation. I hope it’s tasty.

PacificToast's avatar

I’m pretty sure your examples are those of shock. Not of free will.

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