Toy Story Psychology: Lessons on Parenting, Coping, and Letting Go


Apart from being one of Pixar’s greatest works, the Toy Story franchise has a lot to teach us about the psychology of modern parenting.

In today’s Psych Cinema, therapist Jonathan Hetterly breaks down the most prevalent psychological concepts in each of the Toy Story films. This episode features his thoughts on a child-centric family, parental fear, and what happens with empty-nesters.

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  1. We have a 4 year old grandson who refused to sleep in his bedroom because says his toys ‘watch’ him at night. He’s a big Toy Story fan and has all the main toys from the film. What can his parents do to get him to sleep in his own room?


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