If you’ve just seen, or are about to see, the magically profound and profoundly magical Pixar film “Inside Out,” here are a few questions we invite you to think about:
- What might it mean to have a control console in your head?
- Fear, sadness, anger, joy, disgust… each is so identifiable and tangibly distinct, so affectionately near yet far. Why is caricaturing these emotions so helpful?
- If memories aren’t really little crystal-ball-like orbs, what are they?
- If we touch a memory (recall it), how and why do we modify it?
- In order to grow and meet changing circumstances, how important is it to forget (or to re-characterize) our past?
- How can all of our emotions work better together as team players—integrating and tempering each other, in ongoing interplay with our changing goals?
- If you could add to the console team other emotions, beyond the five, what would they be, and why?