Over the summer, how many of you made it to see the new Disney Pixar offering, Inside Out? I did, and can honestly say it’s the most thought-provoking film I’ve seen in years.
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog titled Inside Out, which focussed on our ability to take notice and act upon what’s happening on the inside. I guess you could say this is an extension of that, provoked entirely by the amazing eponymous film.
Spoiler alert! The film simplifies a few neural activities, such as memory creation and storage, and how five specific emotions are involved in day-to-day operations: joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger.
I was particularly struck by the notion that core memories are created in our early years, and how they are associated at the time of creation with a specific emotion. Behaviour is then driven by the core memory, and can alter when the emotion attached to the memory changes. So something once created out of joy can be tinged with sadness, and the experience of the memory changes for the individual.
Our experience of memories can change. The original event cannot be altered, but the way we perceive it can be. And as an NLP Practitioner, I’m delighted that Disney have hit this particular nail on the head. Unhelpful memories and behaviours which are built upon them CAN change. Talking to someone who can offer a different perspective on your challenge is always helpful.
As I said last month, believing that you can change creates that possibility.
If you haven’t seen the film, do catch it while it’s still doing the rounds. No previous understanding of how our minds work is necessary, and it’s an absolute delight. Here’s the trailer. Enjoy!