Toy Story Psychology

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Toy Story brings to life the question of every six-year-old, “Do my toys love me as much as I love my toys?” Produced by Pixar and published by Disney in 1995, Toy Story is about Andy and his toys as they grow up together. Woody has been Andy’s favorite toy for his whole life, the toys get along and live happily together. But Andy’s birthday is coming up, and it is a stressful time for all the toys because of fear of replacement. The last gift Andy receives is a Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger. Buzz becomes Andy’s new favorite, replacing Woody. Woody and the rest of the toys have to adapt, but Woody struggles the most with being replaced. Throughout the movie, many psychological perspectives are explored. Conformity, disorders, and prejudice are …show more content…

But as other toys begin to doubt and challenge Woody, Slink begins to doubt too. Many of the major reasons to conform are present in the situation. Slink is surrounded by five others in the scene, who all slowly but eventually turn on Woody. Slink also does not want to the other toys to look down on him for still supporting Woody. Solomon Asch performed the line conformity experiment. He tested to see if people would knowingly choose the wrong answer just to answer the same way as everyone else. He found that people did (Meyers, 2011, p. 652). Slink knows there is more to the story than what the other toys are hearing, but he does not want to be the only different one in the group. Therefore, he follows the footsteps of his peers, abandons what he believes about Woody, closes the blinds, and walks away from his best friend.
Buzz Lightyear suffers from the personality disorder, Schizophrenia. In the scene where we first meet Buzz, he believes that his ship has just crashed and he has landed on a strange planet. He attempts to contact Star Command and is distraught when they do not respond. He also struggles to determine if the air is breathable for him. Buzz is emotionless and a rigid …show more content…

Buzz suffers from paranoid schizophrenia because of the delusions and he feels like he is superior to all of the other toys in the room. He also has catatonic schizophrenia, he moves awkwardly and is constantly in the same stance throughout the movie. He struggles to take in the real world and what is actually happening and put it into the story that is taking place in his mind. Buzz believes he can fly, and jumps off the bed to prove it. After several lucky bounces, he lands from his flight, or as Woody correctly called it “falling with style”, and Buzz believes he actually flew. He uses his frontal lobe when he tries to explain and make logic of the situation he is in and how he got to earth, like waking from hypersleep. His positive symptoms are his delusions, and his negative symptoms are his rigid state and flat emotions. Buzz shows many of the warning signs of schizophrenia, he is separated from his parents and has never had anyone to care for him until Andy. He has inappropriate emotions. When he “lands”, he should be curious and scared or elated, but instead he is flat and shows no effects of the situation on him. Lastly, he has no friends. He believes that he is superior to the other toys and makes no effort to build relationships with

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