Mary Kenny... the triumph of failure
Why our worship of success can be damaging to children
Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30
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.
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.