Favourite flaws

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Many of us spend our lives striving for perfection, for a flawless complexion, for endless bounties and knowledge and absolute ideals. In this world a flaw can be derived as fatal. Yet surely, sometimes, a flaw can be something that we embrace, as a fundamental part of our character. Read on to discover a selection of our favourite flaws...

Chase Caldwell Smith
As my fellow Features Editors have repeatedly chastised me, I don’t have a filter (I really don’t). Everything and anything I think can bubble up from the depths of my confused thoughts and turn into an enthusiastic exclamation. As I only half-joke, I can make any situation more awkward just by opening my mouth. It’s endearing, it’s annoying, it’s completely me.

Elsa Maishman
If you ever happen to make it into a Part 1A MML lecture, I will be instantly recognisable as the girl who walks in 15 minutes late.  Lectures, supervisions, social gatherings, public transport; I am so perpetually tardy that on the rare occasion that I manage to turn up to something on time, I get really uncomfortable and stand around not knowing what to do with myself. On the plus side, I never waste precious amounts of time hanging around waiting for events to begin.

Sarah Jane Tollan

There is a reason why we hate to love both Benedict Cumberbatch’s egoistical Sherlock and Hugh Laurie’s swaggering Dr. House. It’s their overwhelming arrogance.  Of course, in reality, proud individuals can be insufferable: their refusal to buy Sainsbury’s Basics because it’s ‘undignified’, their reminder to you at any opportunity of their A-level Maths UMS score.Yet at the same time, they are the self-styled lords who offer you Aberdeen Angus fillet steak every Sunday and even take pity at times on your intellectual failings and proceed to teach you everything regarding the book you should have read (yet didn’t). So it can’t be that bad a sin, can it?

Genevieve Cox

Ticklishness is not just a ‘flaw’ but an indicator of humanity, a human disposition to sensitivity provocative of laughter and entertainment, surely nothing harmless…?! But ticklishness can be a dental disaster. For the ticklish individual, a dental clean can leave the patient (and unfortunate dentist) covered in spurts of mouthwash after being tickled too much by the electric toothbrush! Yet, like the majority of all other flaws in society, be they significant or trivial, universal or individual, you should ALWAYS see the funny side and simply laugh about it – quite literally!

Anna Carruthers
It’s rare that a camera will manage to catch me with my eyes open. Flash and I just aren’t friends. It took seven photos at prom to get a decent one and then it was only because I’d physically pried  my eyes open with my fingers. These days I just look forward to the humorous photos – they make a great talking point.

Rebecca Moore
Why do the thing you’re meant to be doing when you can do everything else? On ‘deadline day’ each week I will meticulously organise another microscopic point in my life. This week it was my iTunes library. I can’t possibly start my essay until I find the right album covers… Some positive procrastination is hardly unreasonable.

Amelia Oakley
Throughout my life, I’ve been plagued by a curse of anti-sociality, a plague on first impressions – my resting bitch face. The moment I begin to concentrate, even slightly, it happens. My (unfortunately overly-expressive) nostrils flare, my brow tightens and I start the unstoppable process of contortion into ‘the face’. The worst thing is the more I’m interested, the more it happens. Normally, I can brush aside this regrettable trait with my overzealousness, but when it is documented on national television, in a close-up whilst listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor, things can get a little awkward.

 

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