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Piper: an endearing short on the ability to overcome

Piper: an endearing short on the ability to overcome

January 29, 2023

There are many media outlets that, in the summer of 2016, echoed "Piper", a story that illustrates the life of a breeding of sandpipers (a kind of common bird in humid areas) that ventures for the first time to look for food.

This work directed by Alan Barillaro has been considered by critics as one of the best short films of Disney Pixar.

Today, the team of the Institute of Psychological and Psychiatric Assistance Mensalus presents the award-winning work and share with us an interesting reflection about this work.

A short film that teaches us to improve ourselves day by day

There are many innate abilities that are reflected in this story, is not it?

True. According to Alan Barillaro, "This is a story about how to grow from the hand of courage in a world that seems big and intimidating."

The story exposes the courage necessary to overcome the fear that awakens uncertainty. This is something that often repeats itself in our lives: not knowing makes us feel insecure. Of course, in the unknown, we always have two options: show curiosity to live it or fear it to avoid it.

The capacity for improvement tells us that, after living the experience, we gain something more precious (learning) than what we lose ("comfort"). In this way the goal makes sense. Likewise, fear warns us of what we should protect ourselves from. Well, this system is functional as long as it allows us to continue and does not hide us inside the nest.

The short is revealing given that it manages to convey a range of emotions that we have all felt at some point in our lives ...

So is. Specifically, the concept of "feeling small" is very well illustrated. The producer explains: "I love playing with something that people know, like a beach, and giving a new perspective on how a bird that is only four inches off the ground might feel." A great success, without a doubt. It is exactly like that, sometimes, we can feel ourselves in unknown situations of which we augur hostility, difficulty and suffering.

It is exciting when the protagonist decides to dive into the water and discovers, in addition to the richness of the seabed, the benefit generated by their ability to collect food. How can we understand this message?

The bird, in addition to enjoying and feeling capable, connects with part of its identity associated with something that the rest of the birds of its species do.

This "doing as others" teaches him and reminds him who he is, forges the feeling of collective identity and, at the same time, reinforces the feeling of utility associated with the ability to get food and share it. All this "emotional pack" turns him into an autonomous being.

At the beginning we see how the mother exercises a very interesting function: accompany the child without solving the problem ...

Yes. This is another aspect of the short film: the space needed for growth. Without a doubt, it is not an easy position. Many parents can see their fears reflected in an idea: "If I leave you alone, will you learn?".

Piper's mother knows that her son needs to understand that food will not come to the nest, but that the only way to survive is by going for it. In fact, he does not leave him alone, he accompanies him from the example. The safety of the parents in this sense will facilitate or hinder the maturation process of the child. "Let fly" while remaining is the great recipe. A recipe that is not magic and, as all parents know, it is not an easy task

"To all the parents who, day after day, exercise the work of teaching and loving unconditionally".

Source of the short and the voice of the creator:

HOW TO ANALYZE PEOPLE ON SIGHT - FULL AudioBook - Human Analysis, Psychology, Body Language (January 2023).

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