The Window

Posted in Prose by Sandra on October 18, 2007

They called it the “Johari” window – a simple picture of a square, divided into four.

A psychological tool, to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships, they explained, handing her the window on a piece of paper. She gazed at it for a long time, as they set down a long list of words on the table.

Adjectives for her to use in the window, they said quietly, clustered around her.

Mi komprenas, she nodded. She understood what she had to do, and picked up the harmless blunt pencil to fill in her window.

They left her in the otherwise windowless grey room, filtering into the next room, where a long panel of one-way mirrors allowed them to observe her as she pondered over the words and the only window.  Protected by the glass from her.

No one knew why, though.

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