The Voices In Your Head Say…

Hi everyone! I hope that you all are feeling good! Speaking of feelings, I wanted to share a cool new movie with you all. I got the chance to see the new Disney and Pixar movie “Inside Out” earlier this week and it was too good not to tell everyone about it. That being said, I’m not going to spoil the movie ending, promise! This is just a review from a child life perspective, so enjoy!

If you have kids (or watch tv) you’ve probably noticed the ads promoting the new movie. The trailers focus mostly on the idea of these little emotions that are like voices in your head. Each of them (joy, fear, sadness, anger and disgust) serve a purpose though Joy notes at the beginning that she’s not sure what purpose Sadness has. In a way that’s the plot of the whole movie, what exactly do our emotions do for us.

The movie itself is super cute and actually well thought out, I might add. I actually liked it better than Frozen (please don’t throw anything at me!) It’s a great movie to take the whole family to, you can laugh, cry, and then talk about what you learned. And yes, I did say cry. My friend who saw it with my cried through the whole last 10 minutes of it, and I tried really hard not to join in. Let’s just say I got slightly teary-eyed.

For my child life-ers out there, you’ll be super glad to know that “Inside Out” follows in the footsteps of “Big Hero 6” when it comes to teaching life lessons. For “Inside Out”, the lesson is about dealing with life changes and the emotions that come with it. It teaches viewers that you don’t have to be happy all the time, it’s okay to feel different emotions. It also teaches that it’s okay to be sad and cry sometimes, something that child life specialists are constantly teaching staff and families. I especially like how it shows that just like happiness brings people together, so does sadness, and that’s okay too. It also had a little bit of a farewell to childhood, which was sweet.

I also want to mention that if you are or were ever into psychology, you’ll get a kick out of the movie’s version of how we think and process things. I liked their version of how those little commercial songs get stuck in our heads. It was also interesting how they talked about Riley (the girl in the movie) has “core memories” that make up her personality and each core memory is attached to an island, like “Family Island” or “Honesty Island”.

I definitely recommend this movie, for patients and families, as well as for you all! It’s a great pick-me-up and could also be used as a great education tool! The movie opens this weekend, so if you’re looking for something to do, look no further! If you haven’t seen the preview for the movie yet, here’s one of them that has been circulating. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

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