Inside Out: Symbolism of Joy & Sadness

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Inside Out

What Is Inside Out?

Inside Out is an excellent movie made by Disney Pixar, that displays a young girl’s emotions as she grows up. It displays all of the different emotions (brought to life by Amy Poehler and other great actors & actresses) inside the girl’s brain, along with her neural passageways and memories. It displays all of the memories with the emotion that go along with them.

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Inside Out opened the world of mental health to children.

What Is Inside Out’s Implications for Mental Health?

Inside Out really takes us through the mind of a depressed individual. It is so much deeper than any Disney movie I have ever seen. I think that the different symbolism inside of the movie gives a certain insight into the world of mental health. The best part of this movie is that it offers this insight into the world of depression to the younger generation.

Inside Out: Riley’s Head

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Joy from Inside Out.

Joy, Amy Poehler

Joy holds the whole group together. No matter what is going on in Riley’s world, Joy tries to make Riley feel happy. She has no idea that it isn’t possible to keep Riley happy at all times. By doing so, she tries to make sure Sadness never ruins anything. Once Riley’s family moves to San Francisco, she stops finding happiness in things she is doing. Eventually, it gets so bad that Joy and Sadness must go find Riley’s “core memories.” This is Riley’s depression stage, and Joy thinks that the only way to get her out of it is to find happy memories to restore into her subconscious memories.

Inside Out: Joy’s Innate Hatred of Sadness

We start this movie thinking that Sadness sucks, both in the movie and in real life. Joy treats her with passive hatred all throughout the movie. They have an adventure together (as mentioned earlier), and Joy learns a lot about sadness. During Riley’s depression, she isn’t really able to feel any emotions. When she starts to come out of it, something has changed about Joy and Sadness. They are now friends. Joy finally realized that not every memory can be happy, and that is okay. I think this might be something a lot of people in real life suffer from today.

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Sadness of Inside Out. (Christopher Jiminez)

Inside Out: Sadness Isn’t A Bad Thing

Sadness isn’t the best thing in the world, I mean who honestly wants to be sad? Sadness also isn’t something that we need to try to avoid. While we should stay positive, we also can’t avoid sadness. As Inside Out shows, we can have sad core memories. Towards the end, a new type of memory starts to form. This type of memory has a happy and a sad part to it. It shows us that we can have sad feelings, and that is perfectly alright.

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People dressed as Joy and Sadness at Comic Con

Inside Out: The Value of Sadness

We can’t always be happy and positive. Sometimes things happen that get us a little down. This is perfectly alright. Don’t let a small amount of sadness worry you, it is something good for us. Feeling sadness makes us appreciate the times we are happy all that much more. So, let’s all start to see the true value of sadness.

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