7 Other Emotions 'Inside Out' Should Have Introduced, Because Our Control Panels Are Complicated
I don't get a chance to see many movies these days, but I made an exception when it came to Inside Out . The new animated Pixar feature has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: not only is it an incredibly original and thoughtful film, but it sends a wonderful message to young girls and adolescents in general that your feelings may be complicated, but they're necessary and make you who you are. You can't have the good without the bad, no matter how much you wish you could, and that's what Inside Out portrays with such effortless beauty. Man, I'm getting emotional again just talking about it. It's just really, really good.
While Inside Out did a wonderful job of displaying some pretty dominant emotions we all feel while growing up (and probably even today) — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger — I can't help but think that our brains (er, sorry, our control panels) are even more complicated than that. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between what feeling we're actually feeling at any given time, but there are some that shine through, different than all the rest. If they ever decide to make an Inside Out 2, here are some other emotions I think they should include.
Annoyance isn't quite anger, but it'll get there if whatever's annoying you doesn't stop soon. It's like that fly constantly buzzing around your head, always in your peripheral vision but every time you go to swat it away, it moves just out of reach. Ugh! Hormones contribute to annoyance even more, so this is a big one (at least for me).
Happiness is a wonderful feeling, but contentment is its own thing. It's that sense of being at peace with yourself, being okay right where you are. Sometimes that feeling is incredibly difficult to lock down, but when you get it, it's wonderfully comforting.
Envy is a terrible emotion that can eat you alive if you let it. And while the emotionally healthy among us have learned to master and diminish envy in our lives, we've all felt it at one time or another, especially during our younger years. It's useless to covet what others have, but that's a lesson that takes a while to learn.
Sometimes things are just funny, right? The thing with amusement is that it sometimes doesn't come at the best times. Have you ever gotten the giggles in church? Or found yourself chuckling when someone told you bad news for some unknown reason? We've all been there — but luckily, our laughter generally comes at better times, and as they say, it is the best medicine.
Pride can be a good or bad thing. It's good when it makes us care about what we're doing and how we present ourselves to the world, but it can be bad when it holds us back from accepting help when we need it from the people who love us or makes you cocky and over-confident. It can be a struggle, but there's definitely a way to find balance... it just takes time.
Do you ever find yourself just completely flummoxed by a person or situation to the point where you don't even know where to begin figuring it out? Confusion is totally normal, especially when it comes to figuring out your feeling sometimes, and that's okay. Sometimes it's fine not to know what's up.
Sometimes you just don't care at all, and that's okay, too. Apathy can be destructive if it's the overwhelming feeling (or lack of feeling, I should say) that dominates your day-to-day life, but everyone gets to a point where they just don't care about things anymore, and as long as it's temporary, it's fine.
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