Using the movie ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with kids

The latest movie from Pixar, ‘Inside Out’, does a great job of balancing the complex elements of neuroscience whilst remaining connected to a younger audience in both an engaging and entertaining way. I took my kids to see this during the school holidays, and I must say it is probably the only time I was actually able to take all 5 of them, from the 14 year old down to the 3 year old.

Without spoiling anything for those that haven’t seen it, the movie takes us right inside the mind of an 11 year old girl, Riley. The emotions that reside within the headquarters of her mind play a major part in the movie…….as they do in our world. These emotions take up much of our attention, form much of our judgements and help to develop our very perceptions of the world around us. Our emotions also play a major hand in the formations of our memories, which ones we keep, those we discard and those that change with time. They shape how we relate to other people and how we interact with them and behave around them.

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