Almost two weeks ago I went and saw Inside Out with my best friend and her family—I admit that no movie has ever made me cry so hard (which is weird, because I am a staunch supporter of not crying while reading or watching movies).
If you’re unfamiliar with the characters, they are JOY, SADNESS, ANGER, FEAR, and DISGUST, and they control exactly what they sound like. It’s worth noting that they aren’t limited to the emotion they control in Riley’s brain, but they do represent it fully.
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Every emotion had a different character, and every emotion was different from head to head. Where in Riley’s head Anger was opinionated and unimpressed, but also kept his place out of the limelight, in her father’s head he was exasperated and held a much more regimented reign.
We get to see into several minds, and that rather inspired me to take a look into my own mind—but instead of inventing characters for my own head, I thought I’d borrow a few others.
In the movie, your emotions are the same gender that you are, unless you’re Riley, because her emotions are the main characters and it would be impossible to market the movie if you only had girl emotions. Also, her emotions are supposed to represent the emotions of the entire human race (which is kind of a lot of pressure for an eleven-year-old) so even if she’s a girl, as a device she’s kind of the everyman who connects with the audience.
Anyway, even though I am a girl, more of my emotions are better represented by dude characters, but you know what? I do not care! I am still a fabulous girl, regardless of machinations I invent to put some material on this blog. *uncharacteristically flips hair; that is usually her sister’s gig*
Joy :: Mr. MagoriumI adore Mr. Magorium as a character. He is amazing because he is consistently amazed. Our happiness involves a shared sense of wonder at the world around us. Mr. Magorium has a childlike appreciation of the simple things, but despite being childlike, he isn’t childish. For both of us, profundity is independent of solemnity, and we can both look at things deeply without taking the magic away.
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Fear :: Olivia DunhamLike Olivia, my fear tends to show up more on the inside than it does on the outside, and it typically pops up out of a desire to protect myself and those around me. And, at least on our walks of life, we often have to move beyond our fears to succeed.
Anger :: Eliot SpencerI don’t think I’m a lot like Eliot, but he’s a good representation of my anger. Like him, I often stew on the inside more than I act on it on the outside. We both have high standards and aren’t afraid to speak up or call people out.
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Disgust :: Franz ArgentblumThere are days when Franz is my spirit animal. We know what we don’t like, especially when it comes to food, how people treat us and our friends, and the situations we find ourselves in. On that note, we both hate salad.
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Sadness :: SadnessThis movie resonated with me so much because I understood Sadness’s character intimately. I know what it’s like to assume the worst and have a negative outlook on a bad day, but more than anything, she helps people find what’s wrong and work through tough situations. And I’ve needed that a lot throughout my teen years.
Now, who would sit in the driver’s seat? It’s hard to say—I’m dubious as to whether your lead emotion is how you feel most of the time. Looking at the famous “dinner scene” between Riley’s family, her mom, led by Sadness, works through the conversation trying to find out why Riley is behaving unusually—she wants to know what’s wrong, so she can help fix it. That’s Sadness’s job. On the other side, Riley’s dad and Anger decides to “put the foot down,” because he feels like Riley has been disrespectful—he sees the result of what is wrong, and needs Riley to know that her behavior is not okay. Regardless of what’s going on in her life, he still holds her to a standard. Mom is concerned with the cause, and Dad with the effect—and I don’t think both are valid reactions.
In essence, the driving emotion isn’t how you usually feel, but, at least to my way of thinking, how you initially react to the problems you need to solve. If Joy is driving, then maybe you’re always looking for the bright side. If Fear or Disgust is, then maybe you’re looking for a way to protect people’s bodies or feelings, or trying to avoid unpleasant or undesirable outcomes.
I could see myself as being driven by Sadness. Not because I usually feel sad, but because the way I work through my emotions, my daily problems, and things that just don’t make sense requires me to work backwards and figure out the “why.”
Then again, I could be wrong. Every emotion is important, but sometimes they don’t make sense.