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Redefining a ‘win’ relative to stuttering

Some pretty interesting stuttering-related content coming off the internets over the past 48 hours…

Steven on Stuttering makes a great post on transcending some of the societal punishment / discrimination, thereby making us better people.  I couldn’t agree w/ him more.

Make Room for the Stuttering post about prejudicial discimination within the stuttering population.  Those with a greater level of overt stuttering severity challenging the stuttering ‘street-cred’ of those w/ less overt stuttering severity.  Such mindsets will not result in success, as it focuses on all things external and not self-improvement of the internal.  (Further, the recent study finding that stuttering’s impact on quality of live is independent of overt stuttering severity.)

Finally–and perhaps most interesting to me–was the account of a stutterer making his first phone call in some 7 and a half years.  Did the call go smoothly?  Probably not.  But that doesn’t matter.  The call was made, therefore, it’s a win.

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  1. May 1st, 2009 at 20:10 | #1

    Totally, totally love your thought processes. I had such an amazing conversation last night with a fellow stutterer, who is a medical doctor (!), and we discussed stuttering being a neural state. I have been introducing him to some of the stuff I have been finding. Its so cool!

    And we also talked about how it makes absolutely no sense when people who stutter try to “compare” each other. Why, why, why do we do that? Your right – it helps no one. 🙂


    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Thanks so much, Pam. I really enjoy your blog & twitter presence!


  2. May 4th, 2009 at 17:18 | #2

    *waves hi*

    I’ve only recently discovered the stuttering community and discrimination based on stuttering severity puzzles me a lot. This is all anecdotal and highly subjective but I’ve always thought that “milder” stuttering can actually have worse effects emotionally speaking. I’m currently doing the therapy thing but in general I’m a more overt stutterer, and from what I’ve heard covert stutterers say about their experiences I wouldn’t be in their shoes for the world. The idea of constantly word-dodging and worrying about whether people will find out seems horrible to me – at least with the unavoidable monster blocks on my own name I used to have, people got to see the worst it got the first time we met and all further acquaintance could proceed in a nice, relaxed stuttering fashion. (Post-therapy I found myself absolutely astounded that I could meet people and have them not immediately know I stuttered, and that I actually had the choice as to whether to make that information clear to them or not. It was and is not an entirely positive feeling.)


    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    I think there’s a lot of truth in what you say. There was a recent study (done by a Spanish stuttering researcher) that found that the life impact that stuttering has is independent of overt severity. It was all pretty even across the board, regardless of overt stuttering severity.

    There’s any number of monologues and diatribes that I could employ here… but none would be positive. Safest to say that stuttering, and the societal misunderstanding of stuttering, greatly impacts the lives of people who stutter. 🙂

    Thanks for the read and the comment!


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