'A Psychological Analysis Of The Movie Inside Out'

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Over the past year, Inside Out, a Disney animated movie, has confirmed a plethora of psychological theories and ideas. Unlike most movies, this film brings viewers inside the head of an 11-year old girl named Riley, showing the mental processes and behavior throughout various challenges. As the movie enfolds, viewers are exposed to the impact of memories, emotions, dreams, fears, and many other cognitive topics. Not only does the movie give insight into psychology, but it also uses humor and emotional appeal to give the audience an enjoyable experience. Throughout the movie, problems arise and are handled with numerous emotions. However, when the emotion “Joy” becomes lost, the other emotions are forced to deal with the daily tasks of being …show more content…
Perhaps the most supporting seen is when Riley decides to run away from home and return to where she lived before she moved. Since this behavior was obviously not like her, it shows how her future was being shaped by the loss of her memories. Decisions like this one were not common to her, and this led to a different future than what would have happened if she had her core memories. Although she turns around in the end and does not go through with her decision to run away, this scene distinctly shows how influential her memories were on her future (Rivera & Docter, 2015). Memories give us an outline on the past, shaping how we live in the present and what we do in the future (McLeod, S.A., 2007). The loss of her memories caused Riley to forget what she truly wanted and made her make poor decisions that were not based on what she …show more content…
While giving viewers good laughs and an enjoyable time, it also gives the world something more to ponder about. However you look at it, memories and emotions define who we are and how we will act, shown in the definition of memory: “Memory is the means by which we draw on our past experiences in order to use this information in the present.” (Sternberg, 1999). No matter what your past entails or which memories you hold, there’s no denying the impact of the combination of all our memories. Although some may wish that they could change the past, that’s an impossible solution, which should encourage people to live their future in a way that they can turn back upon and be satisfied with. Perhaps life would be easier if memories could be manipulated as in Inside Out, but we must acknowledge the fact that the instances taking place now will soon just be memories, forever defining

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