The nice image here to the right may look like somebody greeting and welcoming you.
But, for a stutterer, a situation like this can be extremely negative: you open the door, a beautiful woman walks up to you, greets you and asks you to feel welcome.
And you are not able to utter a single word … and the man in the background jokes, in his mind in a friendly way, how her beauty is stunning …
The term mostly used for this phenomenon is ”stuttering”. But, strictly speaking, speech block is a more appropriate term, as it describes the main problem in speech dysfunctions of stuttering type.
Stumbling on a word, hesitating or repeating a word does seldom feel awkward in itself, it is something people do, also non-stutterers. But, suddenly not being able to say what one wants to say, feels for most of us very embarrassing. It can even feel painful, it attracts negative attention, maybe even ridicule, one feels that one is taking up other peoples’ time, one is a nuisance, etc, etc …
Stuttering is partly a learnt behavior
Stuttering, or more adequately termed Speech Blocking, is a speech impairment, that approx. 1% of the adult population suffers from. The neurological factors behind speech blocking have been studied scientifically (see for example a doctoral dissertation by the Swedish scientist Per Alm), but working treatment methods using the neurological knowledge base have as yet not been possible to develop.
Independent of the underlying neurological or physiological factors, the speech blocking is in varying degree amplified by psychological factors, inducing a reaction into a conditioned state in certain conditions or situations. This conditioned state is a result of learning, although sub-consciously. The state is characterized by nervousness, "mind reading" (of the presumed attitude of others), muscular tensions and spasms.
Stuttering is amplified by psychological factors
As there in almost all cases are other states, induced by certain types of situations, where the stutterer is able to talk fluently, speech blocking is not only a physiological problem, but in varying degree also a psychological. Despite the fact that one experiences the speech blocking as a "real" muscular disorder without obvious external cause, it may in large degree be a symptom of underlying psychological blockings.
Purely symptomatic treatment, as for example speech training, can in these cases therefore be inefficient and may even reinforce one's negative self-image as a chronic stutterer.
Programming oneself for fluent speech
PsykosyntesForums treatment method is based on Cognitive Script Therapy.
By understanding the sub-conscious "scripts" that are the cause of the speech blocking, and by re-programming of these, the client is able after a relatively
short time (typically three to six months) eliminate or substantially reduce the risk
of getting into a speech block. The treatment also focuses on other factors, as
self-image, inner beliefs about oneself, stress handling, and other factors.
As the treatment includes therapy methods for self-confidence training and self-knowledge, we offer this treatment only for clients older than 18 years of age.
Self-training program on mp3 or audio-CD
The treatment is often finalized with the production of an individually adapted self-training program, which is based on Cognitive Script Therapy, Self-Hypnosis and Binaural Brain Wave Entrainment. In this self-training program those methods are included, that during the treatment have proven effective in creating fluent speech for the client.
The treatment concept is based on my own experience
I developed the concept when I, Lars Gimstedt, was asked 2005 to work using Cognitive Script Therapy (CST) and methods from Neuro-Semantics with a severe stutterer. During the development of a treatment method my own experiences came up from having suffered from severe stuttering during fifteen years. I began to reflect on and analyze my own path towards complete fluency. Read more about this in the sample of the e-course below:
The course has 12 separate sections, and is based on a number of techniques from CST, both those that work on
a conscious and cognitive level, and those that directly influence the subconscious mind.
The course is best done on-line over the web, but in each section a corresponding chapter from an e-book in pdf format can be downloaded and printed.
Look at a short YouTube video: