Why Do So Many Stutterers Fail to Stutter When Alone and How Can This Phenomonen Be Used in Treatment?

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Re: Stuttering Alone

From: Ilia Rasskazov
Date: 15 Oct 2007
Time: 23:26:10 -0500
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Dear Janet! You have gone to the core of the issue. Many speech specialists tend to ignore one simple fact speech is a means, not an ends. The purpose of speech is communication, the determination of a point of mutual understanding between two people, or between one and the whole. Mutual understanding, as a sensation, is a psycho-physiological state. When mutual understanding is achieved, a person experiences positive, uplifting, feelings and emotions. A lack of mutual understanding leads to the opposite: tension, insecurity, discomforts and, as a result, the desire to nib the conversation in the bud. Speech is merely and instrument which it is extremely important to know how to use. I will doubtfully receive the applause of an audience if, not being a Violinist, I pick up a violin and make a feeble attempt at a Paganini concert. The result would be horrendous: a lack of understanding, a failure to find harmony and, the suffering of my audience as it attempts to understand what I have intended to express. Of course, most people do not converse with one another simply to exchange information (then for what?). If this were the case, we would all be sitting in libraries. People converse with one another not to obtain information, but to experience new sensations, feelings and emotions. Speech plays the role here as a means of expresses our emotions.

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