The animated movie “Inside Out” tells the story of a young girl, Riley, who has to leave her familiar Midwest life behind when her family moves to San Francisco.
Characters depict her primary emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – and the inner conflicts they cause her, as well as her parents.
[See more about the movie on the imdb page for Inside Out.]
[Inside Out photo from Facebook.]
The movie was named “Best Animated Feature” at the 2016 Oscars.
[The clip in my video above is from the Inside Out Trailer 2 UK – Official Disney Pixar.]
See the movie on Amazon: Inside Out.
In her review for Counseling Today magazine, Erin Shifflett writes:
“A person’s mind is a mysterious labyrinth of thoughts, feelings, memories, ideas and compulsions; the mind of a young girl is likely even more complex.
“Disney-Pixar’s latest animated offering, Inside Out, bravely delves into that intricate world in a way that effectively captures the nuances of the way people feel and think—and maybe helps them understand why they act the way they do sometimes.
“Developed with the guidance of University of California, Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, the film tells the tale of Riley, an 11-year old whose family relocates from Minnesota to San Francisco.
“Through the move, Riley loses her friends and beloved hockey team and is forced to transition to a place where pizza is served with broccoli as a topping and the cool girls in school wear eye shadow, much to Riley’s surprise.”
Shifflett describes the role of the “five emotions operating at Headquarters (Riley’s brain): Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. …
“The importance of Sadness and, indeed, the other less pleasant emotions such as Fear, Disgust and Anger, is highlighted multiple times throughout the film when their roles and functions are explained.”
From Emotion, personified: What “Inside Out” gets right about mental health By Erin Shifflett June 25, 2015.
[Image from Screen Rant review.]
Also see related article Counseling goes to the movies By Bethany Bray
“Movies can be a hit-the-nail-on-the-head portrayal of life, including mental health struggles and relationship problems that counselors hear about on a daily basis.”
Inside Out was named “Best Animated Feature” at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Producer and director Pete Docter said in his acceptance speech:
“This film was really born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy!
“Anyone out there who’s in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering – there are days you’re going to feel sad. You’re going to feel angry. You’re going to feel scared. That’s nothing you can choose.
“But you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It will make a world of difference.”
From Inside Out Wins Best Animated Feature, ABC.
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Probably most creative people are highly sensitive.
Why are we more emotional as a highly sensitive person?
As highly sensitive and intense people, we can experience a richness and depth of feelings, and use them in positive ways, such as responding to the world, feeling empathy for other people, and being creative.
How do our brains create such strong feelings and how can we stay emotionally healthy and balanced?
“I am the kind of person that feels so much that if I didn’t have acting (and music), I would burst from all of the emotion inside!”
She has also said, “My sensitivity is my superpower.”
But it can be very challenging at times to embrace our strong emotions, especially “negative” ones like anxiety.
Being highly sensitive can increase our vulnerability to anxiety.
That has been the case for me, and I have had varying degrees of anxiety for most of my life.
Elaine Aron, PhD thinks “high sensitivity increases the impact of all emotionally tinged events, making childhood trauma particularly scarring.”
Julie Bjelland, LMFT is a psychotherapist specializing in highly sensitive people and notes, “My mission is to help HSPs thrive.”
Julie is author of the book Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques To Reduce Anxiety And Overwhelming Emotions.
She is also author of the book The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person – How To Harness Sensitivity Into Strength In A Chaotic World.
Psychologist Dacher Keltner researches how emotions impact our lives.
See quotes and video in my article Dacher Keltner on positive emotion and living a good life.
One of his books: Understanding Emotions by Dacher Keltner, Keith Oatley, Jennifer M. Jenkins.
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