Freitag, April 14, 2006

What may stuttering be and how could it be cured?

For millions of people world-wide stuttering is a everyday problem. It is mainly the fear of speaking which reduces their self-consciousness and thus their well-being. Many stuttering people do not only avoid certain letters or words but also situations (like using the telephone or shopping or any other activity in the public) - the start of a vicious circle.
The only cure is to go the other way leaving the vicious circle - enjoy life and don't get discouraged. It might be two steps forward and one step back - but the general direction is important. The first step of getting cured (whatever that means!!!) is the acceptance of yourself AND of your stuttering as a part of you. So many famous people stuttered (Newton, Napoleon, Jefferson, Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) - so stuttering also makes you to someone special. Researcher have proved that it is us who create our reality (you may have seen the movie "What the Bleep do we (k)now?"). If we see stuttering as something negative it will be something negative to us. If we want to fight it mercilessly it will fight back - simple physics: where is a power their is also a counterpoise.
So it is much better to learn about your "enemy" then simply fight it using all weapons you can get (e.g. pharmaceuticals, drugs, alcohol). If you learn to watch it you will figure out that your worst enemy is your best friend. A friend who shows you the way, who brings you in touch with many interesting people and new things, which tells you much more about you than any book or teacher or psychoanalysist ... you are your own teacher, because everything is already within you. The old Asian wise people (mainly Indian and also Chinese) knew about that more than 2000 years ago ... but we Europeans and Americans try to invent the bicycle for the fifth time.
The cause of stuttering might be a thinner nerve tract called the "Rolandisches Operculum " whose left part is an impotant interface for the speaking activity (also see - only in German), but it is also not even clear whether this is a cause for or an effect of stuttering. If it is the cause than it is not clear whether this is a dysfunction of the brain or an enhancement of it. If people get more sensitive with speaking what would be the problem about it? The only problem is that most stuttering people cannot deal with their higher sensitivity in the right way since they were mostly raised up by less sensitive people telling them that repeating words or syllables is something negative - so fear after fear was being instilled in the brains of many children - in most cases unconsciously since the parents or teachers or whoever felt responsible to tell his or her opinion to the affected child did not even understand themselves proberly. So wrong conceptions were being refered from one generation to the next.
The main problem of stuttering is only one thing in many forms: FEAR. Fear of being different form others, fear of being too much within "the herd", fear of loosing one's job or reputation or whatever, fear of loosing one's partner, fear of illness and death and also hunger ... The forms of fear have changed over the centuries but the sum seems to be the same. No-one is afraid of thunder anymore - but in the 16th century no-one was afraid of cancer. And it is only the way of getting rid of our fears bit by bit, e.g. by meditation, which can bring a permanent change. The fear is within the cells and that makes the whole thing a bit difficult though.
But if you consider your stuttering as a thing which can make you grow then you will really see the benefit of it and that there are even positive effects - maybe even more than negative ones.
The most effective method in my opinion is meditation since it does not refer to stuttering only but the whole human being - it may cost time but on the long run you save years and also thousands of Dollars, Euros or whatever - and the most important thing about it is that you get close to your soul - a thing no money in the world can buy.

But all that takes some time ... Anyway, isn't it the journey that counts not the final destination? Besides in life there is no final destination ... unless you die, but even then you might get reborn :) ... So, all the best, Michael.