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.