How to overcome fear speech stuttering problem?


Stuttering can prove to be a grievous handicap, one that can transform something that should be pleasurable into a real ordeal.

Untrammeled speech is so needful in the daily life of our time.

It can break down imagined barriers between people.

It can replace cold loneliness with the warmth of fellowship.

It can impart to ourselves assurance and confidence.

And it is the instrument that is most useful for making known our daily needs.

Yet the stutterer often views these ordinary conversational exchanges with a great deal of apprehension.

What causes stuttering?

Authorities on the subject, those who have done considerable research over the years, admit that they do not know.

Stuttering still presents itself today as a perplexing problem.

However, some interesting facts have been dug up in the course of the investigations.

Up till now no physical or organic basis has been found to account for the difficulty.

Stutterers have the same kind of throat and voice organs as multitudes of non-stutterers.

Their handicap bears no relationship to degree of intelligence or of mental impairment.

Persons of every level of intelligence can be found in the ranks of stutterers.

There is insufficient evidence to indicate that stuttering is an inherited trouble, even though it does show up in some families more than in others.

Males are most likely to be affected, the ratio in relation to females ranging anywhere from 4 to 1 to as high as 8 to 1.

It also appears that in stutterers there was an inherited predisposition to nervous disorder.

Many stutterers have admitted to experiencing difficulty in concentrating and in personally organizing themselves.

In many instances the person, with his inherited nervous disposition, underwent some sudden shock or highly exciting period that initiated the stutter.

It may have been chaotic family life, a sudden exposure to real or imagined danger, an accident or an early illness accompanied by high temperature.

The flood of emotion released by the incident or condition is believed to have upset the normal balance that should subsist between mind and body, particularly the speech organs, so that speech blockage occurred.

Thereafter visual or suggestive reminders of the original shock circumstances apparently produce a repetition of the same speech defects, and so the person becomes one who is likely to stutter under certain circumstances.

The habit then becomes reinforced by the fear of stuttering that lurks in the mind of the sufferer, often even blotting out the memory of the original shock.

Modern researchers are almost wholly in agreement with the conclusion that stuttering is only one symptom of a personality that needs changing in one or more respects.

So that gives the stutterer plenty of company, for do we not all need to work at making over our personalities?

Is there, then, some method for reducing this bothersome handicap?

Some attempted remedies

Sudden and magical cures for stuttering are figments of the imagination, even though claimed by certain modern practitioners.

Even in cases where some slight progress has been achieved by hypnosis or by some dominant individual who has secured the confidence of the stutterer, the difficulty returns as soon as the “crutch” is removed.

Even though the whole personality of the stutterer may be involved, it is still highly doubtful that any real cure can be effected by a psychiatrist.

As one authority has declared:

We have to do with 3 mental phenomenon which cannot be localized physiologically in a [specific] area, neither can it be conceived after the fashion of a focus of infection that is subject to removal by short-cut processes of mental surgery.”

Thus, if we are to find successful treatment we must avoid the extremes of merely treating the symptom on the one hand, and of spending excessive time going into the supposed ancient roots of the trouble on the other.

If you are a stutterer, what you want is some practical help so that your difficulty might at least be alleviated even if not completely cured.

It has been noted that among the Indians of North America, who are notorious for their brevity of speech and diffidence about speaking, stuttering is practically nonexistent. 

And, of course, if there were no audiences or listeners, there would be no stuttering.

But we do not want to view minimal speech as a remedy.

Nor do we want to live isolated lives, for our greatest personal expansion as intelligent humans is to be realized in our relations with our fellow humans.

A positive approach

If you are a stutterer, fear of stuttering and fear of what people may think of your speech probably loom large in your thinking.

Others who do not stutter may suffer from the same kind of nervous apprehension, and they may stumble over their words at times.

It is really no crime to be nervous.

In fact, most of the really creative artists are people of nervous temperament.

When it betokens a desire to do well, nervousness is to be commended.

There is need for control, however.

The reaction of mature adults to your stuttering is sure to be of some concern to you; that of young and inexperienced people need not be, for they are usually quite unpredictable and often unjust.

To entertain the idea that those of your mature friends will ridicule you when you do chance to stutter could be doing them a grave injustice.

After all, they are well aware that each one has his own trouble; one may have a bad heart, another may break out in a clammy sweat under trying conditions, another may have weak kidneys and another may stutter.

If people did not learn to put up with one another’s weaknesses they could hardly lay claim to being mature, could they?

Our love for and interest in our fellow humans moves us to approach them and share our thoughts with them.

Acquiring a loving personality that can remove fears and surmount the problem of adjusting to others.

Do you notice that this rules out negative, gloomy, fearful thoughts, thoughts that are founded on unjust suspicions and conclusions?

Keeping a good mental attitude toward others, thinking only good things about them, will aid you to speak out in their presence with greater confidence.

Then, too, you do well to avoid hurry and excitement in your speech.

Emotion, when uncontrolled, does cause congestion in our thinking processes and impedes concentration and good organization.

When some cause for excitement disturbs you, seek the first opportunity to lie down and relax all your body’s muscles, While you try to think through your problem calmly.

Refuse to allow any negative or dark thought to intrude itself.

Calm, positive thinking can, if persevered in, produce steady, confident speech.

You may well find it to be to your advantage to read out loud when engaged in your brief period of daily reading.

At the same time strive to train yourself to concentrate on one subject at a time.

Determine that you are not going to permit any digression of thought until the immediate matter is cared for.

Good concentration helps to stabilize one’s thinking, and therefore also the resulting speech.

Do you notice that most of the counsel to stutterers is also good counsel to many other people?

This is because stutterers are really not so very different from other persons, persons who hesitate, persons who procrastinate, who fail to concentrate sufficiently.

A personality change is the need of one and all.

Are you not yourself responsible for deciding what you are going to take into your mind, what you are going to let your mind dwell on?

Of course you are.

So, you can make some changes in your personality that will tend to give you greater confidence in yourself and others, and reduce, to some extent at least, the speech handicap that has troubled you.