I Feel Your Pain

by Gloria Garfunkel

On a scale of one to ten, how scary are your nightmares? I ask my six-year-old patient. “Ten isn’t high enough,” he says. “It has to be one to a hundred. That’s how scary they are.” One to a hundred, then, I say. That’s a whole other story.


Gloria Garfunkel has a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and was a psychotherapist for 35 years, listening to others’ stories. She is now a writer of flash fiction and memoir, telling her own tales.