- On July 14, 2015
I went to see the Pixar movie Inside Out yesterday. I truly have not cried and laughed so hard in a long time! My husband even stayed for the whole show even though there was an action flick showing in the theater next door; and he gave it two thumbs up! (Oh by the way, way more adults in the theater than kids!)
Count me in for making this one required viewing for all kids, parents, and teachers…and let’s add clueless managers to the viewing audience while we are at it.
The movie interplays 5 of our core emotions—joy, sadness, fear, disgust, and anger—against the backdrop of a traumatic event in the life of a young girl. Inside Out does a great job of introducing us to some very complex understandings about how our emotions, long term memory, and personality work.
Now I know why I can barely remember how to play ‘chopsticks’ on the piano after those lessons when I was 10 years old. Turns out there’s neuro-truth to that old wives tale–“if you don’t use ‘em; you lose ‘em.” Actually, it’s a jelly bean cleaning team with a big vacuum hose that sucks up the old memories that I wasn’t using to make room for new ones. Now there’s a visual I’ll remember!
The timing of the movie dovetailed nicely with my completion of a 60+ hour course on using neuroscience in my coaching practice. One of the first steps in moving ahead towards what you want to achieve is to recognize what is going on inside and deal with it in an objective and appreciative way. Too many people deny or suppress their range of emotions, yet they all have value in helping us make sense of the world, which is the point that comes across very clearly in this movie.
In an age where positive psychology has attained cult-like status—and I say that not in a bad way, I myself am an advocate—it was a telling reminder for me that accepting the feeling of sadness leads to the deepest joy. It is this powerful interplay of emotions and connections that creates our personality. Goof-ball island, anyone?
Inside Out is the kind of movie that is guaranteed to creep into your conversations for a long time to come.
Oh, and be sure to stay for the credits—it explains a lot about cats…and dogs.