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Mary Kenny... the triumph of failure

Why our worship of success can be damaging to children

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

One of the biggest hit movies of this summer was the animated cartoon Inside Out. It attracted rave reviews and mothers of young children talked about it a lot. It isn't just entertainment: it is an exploration of the inside of a little girl's brain, done with great storytelling and inventive visuals.

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It also had a hidden message: this is about mental well-being. And, surprisingly, one of the keys to such well-being is the character called Sadness. In the crisis of an 11-year-old's life, Sadness rescues the situation.

The moral of the story is - sometimes it's necessary to be sad. Sometimes you have to experience sadness to understand feelings.

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