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Full text of "Stamering And Cognate Defects Of Speech Vol - Ii"

212      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

has acquired sufficient intensity, the first few words will flow
from the lips of their own accord. At this point the speaker
allows a restful pause to supervene, paying no regard to the ex-
pectant looks of his hearer. 'I consider first my repose and
well-being. Other things must accommodate themselves to the
circumstances. And what I have to say is utterly worthless
and insignificant compared with my effort to preserve my phys-
ical and mental repose.' With thoughts of this kind, and with
slow, restful movements, and deep breaths, and occasional
yawnings, the stammerer strives only to bring the feeling of
comfort again to its former pitch. This reached, a second word
 and perhaps a third  flows spontaneously from the lips.
And thus the stammerer proceeds till the sentence is com-
pleted." *

There are many reasons why a procedure of this
kind should inhibit stammering. The stammerer
that can successfully employ this expedient has estab-
lished a degree of independence that should render
him no more liable to the impediment in the presence
of other people than in the privacy of his own room.
It is doubtful, though, whether the average stam-
merer could carry the measure to the extreme that
Dr. Sandow recommends. Fortunately this relaxa-
tion and composure is beneficial if attained in any
degree. It is a direct counteractive of physical
stammering and the corporeal changes that give
rise to fear. It is evident, too, that this physical
and mental repose must prevent excessive9 affluxion

1 Loc. cit.j p. 145.