Inside Out 2 Discussion Questions from Austin Therapy for Girls Experts

As a therapist specializing in tween and teen girls in Austin, Texas, I find that “Inside Out 2” offers an incredibly nuanced portrayal of anxiety and the importance of embracing all emotions. Given that anxiety is a primary concern for many of my clients, the movie serves as an excellent conversation starter and a teaching tool for both parents and children.

Understanding Anxiety through Riley’s Journey

In the sequel “Inside Out 2,” Riley is caught in a whirlwind of emotions, with anxiety taking the spotlight. The film delves into the process of turning thoughts into rock-solid beliefs, a key element of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a skill all ATFG therapists excel in.

As we navigate through our client and their parents’ journeys, it feels like we’re all on a wild rollercoaster ride! One of the first scene’s in the movie, Joy is on a mission to erase negativity from Riley’s life , this sheds light on toxic positivity. It highlights the importance of acknowledging all feelings rather than opting for quick fixes.

In therapy, I often stress the significance of not just focusing on solutions, as it can leave individuals, especially young girls, feeling overlooked. Validating their emotions is key to creating a sense of being truly understood.

Techniques for Managing Anxiety

Replace Triggers with Glimmers

One of the key takeaways from the movie is the concept of replacing triggers with “glimmers.” Triggers often elicit stress or negative emotions, while glimmers are those brief moments of joy or tranquility that can brighten even the gloomiest day. Encouraging clients to recognize and cherish these small, positive instances can be transformative.

Mirror Work

Mirror work is another technique I use, though it often makes my clients cringe at first. This practice involves looking into a mirror and engaging in introspective exercises to foster self-acceptance and emotional healing. Initially developed to help individuals confront and understand their self-image, mirror work can address issues related to self-esteem, body image, and identity. Over time, it helps build a more compassionate and positive relationship with oneself.

The Role of Caregivers

Supporting young girls in managing chaos and anxiety is a shared responsibility. My upcoming book, set for release in September, dedicates an entire chapter to techniques for calming anxiety. One crucial aspect is understanding the dynamics of early friendships. Conversations with parents about friendship struggles often surface as early as the first grade. Encouraging open communication, empathy, and resilience can help young girls navigate these formative experiences.

Embracing All Emotions

Emotions are complex and make us who we are. Joy, sorrow, anger, and love all weave together to create the rich tapestry of our lives. Understanding and embracing these emotions lead to greater self-awareness and empathy. By acknowledging the full spectrum of our emotions, we can better appreciate the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

Discussion Questions for After the Movie

  1. Did you notice how anxious Riley was during her hockey game? What stood out to you during her play?
  2. Can you recall a time when you felt anxious recently? Share that moment and how you handled it.
  3. What were your favorite and least favorite aspects of “Inside Out 2”? What stood out to you? Any takeaway messages?
  4. Do you think we should incorporate more joy into our daily routine? How do you think we can achieve that?

The Magic of Courage Camps

Would you like to attend a camp in August to learn about emotions and also explore some cool art journaling techniques? Camps like these offer a unique opportunity to delve deeper into emotional well-being while engaging in creative activities. They provide a supportive environment where young girls can express themselves freely and build lasting friendships. To learn more about our camps, click here.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I believe everyone should see “Inside Out 2” as it promises to be an enlightening and emotionally enriching experience. The film delves deep into the intricacies of human emotions, offering valuable insights into how we navigate our inner worlds. It’s a powerful reminder that all emotions have their place and purpose in our lives. By watching “Inside Out 2,” people of all ages can gain a deeper appreciation for their own feelings and develop greater empathy for others.

For more insights and to join our community in navigating emotional well-being, stay tuned for my upcoming book release in September!

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