The Not Good Enough feeling: Exploring the use of failure conversations map to address ideas of inadequacy in young people with Jonaki Arora

More often than not Jonaki meets young people who routinely compare and measure themselves with normative standards that lead them to a sense of ‘I am not good enough’ or a sense of failure. This video helps to understand the phenomenon of personal failure and its relationship with modern power. Jonaki has explored the usefulness of failure conversations map in subverting modern power, questioning ideas of inadequacy, and in generating preferred identity conclusions. If you would like please reach out to her at



Author biography

Jonaki Arora (she/her) is a psychologist and narrative practitioner based in New Delhi, India. She works independently with a diverse population of adolescents and youth. Jonaki is passionate about gender justice and questions social norms with a penchant in her practice. She works in a collaborative and respectful manner, emphasizing the social, political, and cultural dimensions of individuals’ challenges. Outside of her professional endeavours, Jonaki enjoys reading children’s books, traveling, and daydreaming.

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  1. Xanthippi

    very interesting work! It must have been tricky for you to get away from the failure of therapy feeling when she decided to follow sex working! thank you for sharing your work!

  2. franklinchoi

    Thanks Jonaki for sharing PS’s story with us. What touches me most is PS wants to write a book about her experience of being a sex worker, and teach other girls to know more about their body. This makes me feel PS is really a brave person who is not afraid of conflict, especially when Indian women are constantly jeopardised in an unsafe environment. At the same time, I am curious about how could PS protect herself from safety, personal agency, or relationship boundaries related to her work? Not sure if this question is relevant to the resistances of normalising judgement in your context

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