What is the theory behind this Inside out mental health worksheet?
The popular animated Disney production ‘Inside Out’ teaches how to identify, accept, value and express one’s emotions as well as the negative effects of repressing them. The therapist can use the movie to help children or adolescents acknowledge not just their own emotions but learn empathy by assessing the emotions in other people as well.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help your client gain new insight and understanding about an upsetting behavior of someone by assessing the feelings of the five characters (emotions) from the other’s perspective.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet is suitable for ages 10+. After viewing the movie and discussing it in the session the client can take this home to review as needed. Debrief the client about the purpose of the activity once completed.
Inside out mental health worksheet
- Can you identify the five characters/emotions from the movie Inside out? Highlight your favorite one.
- Write about a recent situation where a particular action of someone else upset you. Mention why it is upsetting for you.
- Imagine you are in that person’s head with all the emotions in front of you. Can you describe what each of them may be feeling about the action you mentioned above.?
|The Emotion||What is the emotion feeling?|
- Did the exercise help you gain a new understanding of the other person’s action?
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Kanjilal, R. & Vijayalakshmi, P. P. (2019). Disney’s Inside Out: Insights on Emotions and Emotional Intelligence. International Journal of English Language. 7 (1), 1513–1523.
Oromendia, M. F. (2016) Using ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with children in therapy. Counselling today. Retrieved October 15 2022 from https://ct.counseling.org/2016/03/using-inside-out-to-discuss-emotions-with-children-in-therapy/
You can download this worksheet here.