The movie is a lovely lesson for us all in emotions, our internal messages, and our inner brain mechanisms. I quickly jotted some notes down after the movie about the lessons that the movie can teach us all about emotions.
As a therapist, I got to see the film from an interesting angle, and one that many of you may have experienced as well. Many think it’s a “children’s” movie; but it is a helpful reminder to us all.
Here are the top 5 lessons about the mind and emotions that I picked out from the film.
If you have not watched the movie yet, and don’t want to be spoiled; I highly recommend you stopping right here!
Ok; you’ve been warned!
As we saw towards the end of the movie, emotional progression happened after Sadness was allowed to take over the controls of Riley (the little girl in the movie). This is such an important lesson to learn, for both adults and children. It is wonderful that you want to be positive, move on, and look ahead. But you MUST grief, feel loss, sadness in the current moment in order for healthy progression to occur in a healthy manner.
2. Joy can’t always be in charge
Also, towards the end of the movie, we saw Joy allowing Sadness to express herself. While we would always like to express and be Joyful all day, every day, we have other emotions which need to be expressed. There is nothing wrong with that! We can have Angry days; Frightful afternoons, or Sad weekends. There’s nothing wrong with that. We need to feel our range of emotions in order to be healthy.
3. Emotions have to work together to get you into a better mind space
We saw how all of the emotions worked together, bringing their strengths together to help each other out. Emotions in the human mind also do the same thing! Sometimes we have “bitter sweet” moments, or feeling angrily disgusted at the same time. This leads to the next point.
4. Emotions aren’t “pure”; they’re all enmeshed with each other
Emotions, while they were representative of each of the different types of emotions we experience, we saw emotions within emotions. Joy expressed sadness. Sadness expressed Joy. Frightened expressed Anger, and so forth. Emotions can blend into each other, which is sometimes why it might be difficult to express what emotion you are currently experiencing.
5. Lots of layers to emotions and the mind
The cinematography and storyline allows for an interesting view of how long-term memories, the subconscious, and dreaming works. There are a lot of layers to the brain and mind that we humans are not fully able to comprehend yet. This subtle point allows the moviegoer to gain additional knowledge on the complexity of humans, their brains, and their emotions.
What are your thoughts?
Have I missed other lessons?
I always welcome your comments!
Much love xo Nancy