The Karate Kid spin off develops ‘soft skills’ in addition to awakening nostalgia. We analyze it in five keys with the expert psychologist in family and technology María Guerrero, taking advantage of season 4 on Netflix
There is a key moment in Cobra Kai. It is when in the spin off de Karate Kid Jonathan Lawrence (William Zabka) tells his apprentice, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), the full movie of Karate Kid but changing the point of view of the narrator. What if the bad guy had been LaRusso? Suddenly we see Johnny as the victim. What if we put ourselves in the shoes of our enemy to demystify and compensate him? That is one of the great things of the series that can be seen on Netflix, where it has just premiered its 4th season and in which the boy-villain of the film becomes a loser in search of a second chance. A character with whom the viewer is easier to identify than with the pluperfect Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio).
That is the key to this series that is already preparing its fourth season and that we analyze at the hands of María Guerrero, a psychologist specializing in technology, leisure and family through its great keys. “It is a series with very rich characters, with great psychological work behind the script. It helps us to work and recognize the main soft skills -those highly valued emotional capacities so demanded by HR companies-: empathy, resilience, or the ability to undertake after a failure “, explains the psychologist who gives us the 5 keys to the series as therapy.
“It is the axis of the plot but it is very interesting that in the film and in the series it has a very different approach,” explains the psychologist. Unlike in the movie, here everything has nuances.
“In Cobra Kai the bad guy is not so bad and he has a story behind that has led him to where he is and that makes us connect with him, understand him and recognize ourselves in him. And this is much more like life, which is full of grays. Nobody is terrible or terrific all the time, “he says
2. Empathy and the complexity of the human being
Cobra Kai teaches us that if we discover what is behind our enemy, perhaps we can understand him better and be more merciful to him. It helps us understand why the bad guys are so bad. The one who was the bad guy at school is much more than that, and that’s what Cobra Kai shows us. “The series is raised with many more nuances than the film had. Today’s viewers are also more emotionally intelligent and I like that the series gives us the opportunity to better understand each other, if we understand what happens to others, we will have an advantage to face the challenges of our life, because in life, as in the series, good and evil are exchanged at all times “.
3. There are second chances: resilience
Johnny Lawrence is a loser, he has failed as a father, in his marriage, as a professional and is drunk, but all is not lost. “The series shows us the reasons behind his story, his emotions and that not everything in him is bad. And our way of censoring him changes when we discover that he has his emotions, that he was a good boy abused by his stepfather, who humiliated him and He treated him badly, “says Guerrero. But instead of staying there, the character looks for models, and the series teaches us that all is not lost. “Life can give us a second and a third chance and we can dignify it, we can face our ghosts and our demons from the past and we can forgive to remove resentment and achieve that inner peace,” explains the therapist.
María Guerrero, expert psychologist in technology, leisure and family
In the movie we saw the bad boy from high school, but in the series we see an adult with his scars facing all his trauma. “It is a psychological defense mechanism called sublimation, and it is when someone looks for something stable in their life to get out of those situations. Sport helps him channel those emotions and it’s something we see in Robby’s character too (Tanner Buchanan) “, says Guerrero.” That adolescents can see this duality, the search for redemption of the failure who tries to redeem himself and help a boy who is a victim of bullying, when he was the stalker in the past, it shows us that he is looking for a redemption and a positive way out of his life “explains the expert. “The characters face tough and difficult situations and they manage to overcome it with courage, optimism, resilience, and they keep trying despite the defeat. And this is a great lesson.”
4. An adolescent mirror
For Guerrero, the series is much more realistic than the film: “I am sure that many parents will recognize their children, and many children will see themselves in the characters.
It helps to understand that adolescent behavior, when they are impulsive and do not control their emotions. Cobra Kai is a good mirror of teen behavior and how it fluctuates, as if they were on a roller coaster. “
5. A rereading of the rivalry
Another of the findings of Cobra Kai, according to the psychologist, it is the rereading that makes the rivalry. “In reality they are rivals but complementary, they are like Yin and Yang, a perfect circle with a small shadow that complements the opposite, and together they are invincible,” says the psychologist who believes that this learning can serve both for rivalry professional, as for relationships.
“You can make your rival your ally at work, in a group of friends or in your partner. If we understand that together we are stronger and we complement each other in a beneficial way, we will overcome that rivalry and turn it into something positive,” he concludes.