What ‘Inside Out’ Teaches Us About Emotions

Hypnotherapy is a form of treatment that directly communicates with the subconscious. Since it is the subconscious where our thoughts, feelings and emotions come from, the treatment method has proven to be quite effective.

Simply put, the goal of therapy, when using hypnosis, is to make patients well-aware of their emotions and help them deal effectively with their feelings. The movie ‘Inside Out’ is a great resource for both hypnotherapists and people having difficulty dealing with their emotions.

Taking on a very nuanced subject of emotions, the movie does justice to the phenomenon. The Pixar animated movie tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley who experiences a range of emotions, primarily joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust, when her father decides to move to another city. The movie provides us a glimpse into Riley’s mind and shows us how she experiences conflict.

Let’s take a look at 5 lessons that the animated genius tells us about our emotions:

Our Minds Are Complicated With Feelings Of Complex Emotions

As the movie expertly demonstrates, our mind is filled with emotions which can sometimes be conflicting. It’s an amalgam of complex emotions that drives us to act in certain ways. Still having strong feelings for an ex or being angry at a person who looks like someone you hate are some examples of the complicated mind at play. Understanding this complexity is essential to a healthy personality.

There Are Moments In Life That Define Us

In the movie, these key moments are called ‘core memories’. These core memories define Riley’s personality throughout the movie and demonstrate how they shape her perceptions of reality.

However, the important point to note here is that, with effort, bad memories can be discarded and a person can focus on more positive ones to shape his personality accordingly.

Talking About Emotions Helps

Inside Out can be deemed as one of the most exciting commentaries on emotions. If children can learn to feel their emotions and talk about them with their parents, we may see more stability in their adolescent and adult personalities. And not just children, the movie speaks to all of us. Talking about emotions helps us understand them better and thus, become better personalities.

You Need To Be Sad To Truly Experience Happiness

It is only when one feels sadness that one appreciates the joys of happiness. One of the most crucial takeaways from the movie is that sadness serves a purpose too. When Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong is despondent at the loss of his wagon, it is Sadness that really understands it and not Joy because it does not have the capability to sense negative experiences.

The Answer Lies In Accepting And Fully Experiencing All Emotions

Finally, the movie conveys that it is only when all these emotions are embraced, that a well-adapted personality can be formed. With all our fears and anxieties, we may at times feel vulnerable. However, the movie implores us to feel this vulnerability to change for the better. It encourages us to experience all emotions and not judge them.

Rekha Shrivastava, a trained hypnotherapist, understands all the nitty-gritty of emotions. Whether it is treating anxiety or passive aggressive behavior, Blossom Hypnotherapy helps people deal with emotions in an effective manner.

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