May Films for Tough Times

A growing concern in our culture today has to do with the way more people are allowing their emotions to disrupt and disrespect others around them.  Learning self-compassion and how to handle our emotions is an essential part of acquiring good mental health.

Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive, use, understand, manage, and handle emotions. Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence, followed the concept of “emotional strength,” introduced by Abraham Maslow in the 1950s.

When filmmaker Pete Docter moved his family from Minnesota to Los Angeles, his 11-year-old daughter Riley became quite unhappy, and her father wondered, “What is going on inside her head?”  He began research on emotional intelligence, which he used to portray what he named as Riley’s “Headquarters.”

Docter designed Riley’s mental landscape, following consultations with psychologists  and neuroscientists, in order for the film “Inside Out” to emphasize the ways emotions organize our thoughts and social lives, especially the role of sadness in fostering connections.

The Mental Health Committee invites your viewing of “Inside Out,” produced by Disney Pixar, to explore the five emotions and how they are connected to Core Memories, which leads to one’s behaviors.

“Inside Out” (2015) is an American animated coming-of-age film, which portrays the inner workings of Riley’s mind, as she adapts to her family’s relocation with five personified motions, which administer her thoughts and actions.

The five emotions of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger are attached to a Core Memory in order to help Riley stay happy, in spite of her fellow emotions. (Available to stream on Disney+)

“Inside Out 2” (in theaters June 14, 2024) Disney Pixar’s latest film will be adding the sixth emotion: Anxiety — perfectly suited for our world today.  In the mind of a newly-minted teenager, Riley’s “Headquarters” is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected.  Emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, who’ve been running a fairly successful operation, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up.

Jesus spoke to his disciples:  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Daily Prayer: Help me to love myself, and my fellow human beings, with a love that is in some small way like Yours.  Amen.