How does anger affect stuttering?

Coping with stuttering

In general, stuttering cannot and should not be ignored. However, many people are unsure how to react to stuttering and how to deal with stuttering people. Often they give well-intentioned "assistance", such as B .:

  • Finish the words and sentences
  • Breaking off eye contact
  • Advice like "speak slowly"

However, this leads to increased tension, anger, insecurity, or helplessness in most stutterers, which increases the stuttering. For example, if a child's negative or embarrassed reactions to stuttering lead them to believe that speaking is funny and difficult, they will build up pressure to speak. It becomes insecure and loses the desire to speak, which as a consequence can lead to the intensification of and to speaking difficult situations.

Traumatic experiences, accidents, special events or the presence of speech development disorders are not the cause of stuttering, but can help trigger and maintain it.

Many affected people also find stuttering taboo as a disadvantage. It is often helpful for both interlocutors if stuttering is discussed and the stuttering person can explain what behavior he or she would like with regard to his or her stuttering. Accepting listener reactions to stuttering, such as patience, showing understanding, not laughing at them, letting them finish speaking and maintaining eye contact, often help to make a communicative situation pleasant for both conversation partners.

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