Five Sentence Fiction : Flawed

Word Prompt: Flawed

He had been in therapy for five years..five long, tiring, all-consuming years.

He’d been adamant ‘ he didn’t have a problem’ ‘ didn’t need to see a shrink’, but two years into the process he’d began to realise it was therapy that was giving him his life back.

The turning point had been the shrinks question ‘ Do you think you are bad, broken, unworthy, no good?’ ( classic shrink jargon that he had heard on countless visits)

Yet on that particular day these words resonated with him on a profound level…he finally felt strong enough to sit with his self constructed belief that he was ‘flawed’.

At first the question had led to a deeper depression, he entered yet another layer of darkness as he challenged this long-held misconception…yet he emerged, ever so slowly, stronger, self-assured and aware that the healing process had begun… one day he would feel whole again. 

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andrew
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 22:38:46

    Very nice. I like the positive aspect of this story even though it’s based on such a negative prompt.


  2. Sandra
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 08:12:09

    Perceptive iteration of the recovery process. Liked this, and the feel of positivity in it.


  3. lisashambrook
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 18:33:18

    We’re all flawed aren’t we, nice piece.


  4. Sarah Mac
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 16:26:26

    Maybe it’s not possible to start the healing process without first accepting your flaws? It’s certainly got to be a start. Really well written.


    • Catch Up With A Mate
      Oct 24, 2012 @ 00:51:57

      Hi Sarah…thanks for stopping by…I appreciate your comment…It has got me thinking, why we berate ourselves continually, striving for perfection…If we could only practice self acceptance from an early age…we would soon realise we are not flawed ( just human)…and save ourselves so much unnecessary suffering!


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