The latest film from Disney-Pixar, Inside Out, is a magical adventure that explores the great depths of the mind. Even though it is set in a fantasy world, it actually represents the mind’s abstract structure using colorful landscaping and immense architecture. The concept is quite clever, but within that, there are five key emotions that truly exist in our reality: sadness, anger, disgust, fear, and joy.
While the movie is about what happens inside an 11-year old child’s mind, adults can also relate to it as they also feel the five emotions mentioned above. One of them is your dominant emotion though and it can represent your health, particularly your mental health.
Here are the five emotions depicted in the film:
1. Fear: When you’re in a fearful state, you are in a situation where everything is imbued with uncertainty, peril, and danger.
2. Disgust: In the movie, disgust is presented in a very mild form, such as when the protagonist had to eat broccoli. This emotion is important as it can help keep us away from things that could bring us harm by allowing us to pause and think about a pending situation first.
3. Joy: For us, joy should be the dominant emotion because it is thought of as a positive emotion. Whenever we are happy, we are full of energy and there’s that sense of enjoyment.
4. Anger: We tend to curb and mask our anger, but the reality is that we need this emotion to express our frustrations. It can also help us defend ourselves in case we need to do so.
5. Sadness: In most movies and books, sadness is considered a negative emotion. However, even if this is your dominant emotion, it is important in understanding who you really are as a person.
While everyone wants to be happy, most of us don’t have happiness or joy as the dominant emotion. It can become a part of long-term memory and can get lost there where there are endless corridors. During this time, sadness, which may seem like a sign of being pessimistic or dejection, it can emerge as an unlikely hero.
Being joyful is a wonderful emotion, but life without frustrations and challenges is never healthy. It is also not beneficial for our health. This is why people who have sadness or the other negative emotions as their dominant emotion should not hide feelings, but rather accept and acknowledge it while learning how to express each emotion despite this being a difficult task.