Podcast Special – Inside Out Pixar Movie & Emotions (Part 2 – with SPOILERS)

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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about the new Inside Out Pixar movie and how emotions were represented in the film. (WARNING: Spoilers)

Click here to listen to part 1 of the Disney Pixar Inside Out Movie

The Official Disney Inside Out Pixar Movie Trailer


In this podcast on the new Inside Out Pixar movie you’ll find:

There a lot of things that were really interesting with the movie, Inside Out.

  1. All the other emotions relied on Joy. Joy was the emotion of resilience. She was making sure that everything is happy and that nothing destroys every happy moment or experience – that was her role.
  2. The connection between Joy and Sadness. Joy and Sadness ends up getting lost and only 3 emotions were left – Anger, Fear and Disgust. While they were gone finding out their way back to the headquarters, it turned out that there’s a strong connection/link between the two of them. Both bring positive great things to us. It’s not just Joy all the time because we also need to experience sadness in order to move on with life and be happy.
  3. How Sadness showed help. Riley once had an imaginary friend (Bing Bong) who got very sad because he lost a machine that had a very strong connection with him and Riley. Joy tried to cheer him up with no luck. Sadness allowed Bing Bong to acknowledge what just happened and grieve. Resilience was with Joy, but Sympatico was with Sadness.
  4. The importance of each major emotion. All emotions play an integral role and this was depicted later on in the movie. The emotions of Riley’s mom and dad were also presented, and it was very interesting how different emotional characters acted as leaders (in Riley’s mom, Sadness was the one taking the lead).
  5. Why the emotions did what they did. In the movie, sadness was acting weird trying to touch core memories making the other emotions a bit perplexed and uncomfortable. This all happened when Riley and her family were starting to move out from Minnesota to San Francisco. Riley, was starting to feel sad now that they’re leaving home. Sadness did what she had to do.
  6. Joy removed herself from the equation. When sadness was trying to do her job of incorporating Riley’s early grieving, Joy wanted Sadness out of action. Her persistent attempts of removing Sadness, removed her (Joy) out of the equation – in the movie, this was depicted as both of them were sucked up in a tunnel leading into the deeper part of Riley’s psyche. On a different note, it has been shown that the people who made it in Vietnam in the POW camps (and other wars) were NOT the optimists but the ones who fully went into the complete experience of sadness and all emotions in complete package.
  7. Blending of Emotions in memory orbs. The movie gave people, particularly children, permission to go ahead and feel emotions that are considered “negative”, “icky”, or “unpleasant”. Just because these emotions are socially considered as such, doesn’t mean that’s inherently wrong or bad. It’s okay to feel sad, disgusted, angry and afraid. These are all part of our human experience.
  8. The importance of being radically honest with your emotions. At the end of the film, all emotions were working harmoniously as a team. When you are honest of what you truly feel and you express it without hesitation and guilt, you can solve and issues, challenges and problems that comes along your way.
  9. The Islands of Personality. When we were kids, we have an oversimplified way of tasting food. Is it sweet? Bitter? Sour? As we begin to grow up, we start to blend and appreciate all the tastes there are – Coffee can be both sweet and bitter. All these complex tastes refine over time as we grow. Emotions work the same way. In the movie, the islands of personality were built separately (family, friendship, etc) but it got rebuilt into a single solid structure that encompassed everything. The destruction happened for a purpose, it was part of Riley growing up.
  • If you are in the midst of facing a very emotional and tragic situation, give yourself permission to fully experience the moment.
  • In order to get to the place of knowing yourself (what “me” is), you need full personal acceptance and permission of what you are and how you feel at the moment. This may not be socially acceptable in some cases, but the more authentic you are, the more you become a better version of yourself.

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  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for doing this podcast! I’m an INFP, and I loved the message of this movie. I’m a person who is happy even in the midst of sadness or other negative emotions, because I know I’m doing the right thing by expressing them rather than suppressing them. It’s hard to make other people understand that negative emotions are a good thing sometimes, and if you don’t let them come out, it creates a worse situation, like you talk about in the podcast. Besides that, negative emotions can be beautiful. Like at the end of the movie when Riley is overcome by sadness and goes back to her parents and communicates her feelings very effectively. Even my sister, who also uses authenticity as an ENFP, doesn’t understand my attraction to sad things. I applaud Pixar for creating this film, and I applaud you for making this podcast. You made excellent points!

  • Mark

    That was great guys, now I have to run out and buy that movie.

  • Dan

    Joel – What you were referring to in regard to P.O.W.s in the Vietnam War is called the “Stockdale Paradox.”

    Here is a brief article about it:

    • Joel Mark Witt

      Yes. This is exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for finding the source and sharing! 🙂

  • Margaret

    to the most salient point of the podcast, would better decisions be made if we could ‘pre-think” our emotional responses (expect an emotional environment to surround decision) and imagine the decision before the emotional situation. No offense meant by this example, but I employed a young mormon woman as a nanny and this is exactly what she taught my children as that is exactly what her parents taught her. The mormons show an amazing insight to human nature when they understand and teach the idea of thinking through a decision that under most circumstances is made with in an emotional context… having sex is the number one issue they ‘rehearse’ with their teens. but also, how much to eat, whether to eat junk food, how much (for the younger kids).. gift giving and so on. Some parenting practices actually include degrees of this type of socialization or teaching about emotions.

    • Antonia Dodge

      Running simulations is a great way to take begin taking control of how your mind works. At the very least it illustrates that we’re not ‘victims’ to what happens to us, but rather we’re making decisions even when it doesn’t feel like we are. In situations that can’t be predicted, ‘pre-programming’ our minds to be present, centered and owning one’s core values are also great for unanticipated scenarios.

      Thanks for the comment!


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