Riley Inside Out

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Film Analysis

The film is about the 11-year-old central character, Riley, originally from Minnesota, moves to San Francisco with her parents. The story explores the mind of Riley who struggles to move away from her hometown, away from her childhood friends, hockey team and has a hard time pretending to be happy for her parents. The primary emotions of Riley are Joy/happiness, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Riley has 5 out of the 6 human universal emotions. All of these emotions are personalised into characters in Riley's "control centre".

Development of Riley's emotions

The dominant emotion of Riley is happiness because Joy is the leader of the emotion crew in the control centre. Riley’s personality is shaped by her happiness. This fits
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She contributed to Riley’s life and helped her to bond with her family, realise her loss and heal.

Theory of Emotion

The theory of emotion that is displayed in Inside Out is the Two-Factor theory. When Riley has a physiological arousal, it is cognitively labeled. One example is when Riley was getting fed the broccoli, her physiological response was screaming and crying, and it was cognitively labelled as disgust. It is the two factor theory because screaming and crying could also be the physiological response for fear.

Dominant emotions in other main characters

Riley's parents contributed to shape Riley's personality. Riley is a lot like Mum because both their dominant emotion is Joy. Mum always tell Riley to be happy, no matter what she is going through. Dad's dominant emotion is Anger, and he influenced the aggressive side of Riley. Riley was angry when she was in the 'dinner table scene' and when she was not playing well in hockey.

How accurately does Inside Out portray our
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It teaches people that sadness allows them to unfold, engage patiently, especially for preteens and teenagers with emotional struggles. It is important that we experience sadness, and one of our physiological responses is tears. When we cry, it cues others around us that we need help, and thus we can be empathised. When others empathise us, our hearts feel warm, and this is caused by the production of oxytocin (love hormone). Sadness creates bonds, and when we share it, a healing effect can be caused. Sadness is vital in the film because it allows Riley to recognize the changes that she is going through (moving to a new town) and her
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