Stuttering can be treated with cognitive reprogramming
Between the success of the Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech," and the participant Diogo from Big Brother Brazil, stuttering is becoming a subject of everyday conversation.
The problem is quite common; are about 1.6 million individuals with this difficulty to speak, according to the Brazilian Association of Stuttering (Abragagueira). But that is not why it can be treated only as a simple problem.
Speech can be affected by neurological disorders, but some people stumble over words for no apparent reason. It is possible to find children, adults and elderly people who manifest the disorder. There are rich, poor stutterers with more or less academic backgrounds.
Even those who specialize in a certain subject may stutter when presenting it to others. This is because stuttering can be developed for psychological reasons such as lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. Stress can cause episodes of stuttering, which in turn creates insecurity and more stress.
Prejudice and ideology of perfect speech will always exist, but when this is publicized in the media, these representations may change
One possible explanation for this problem in speech would be the speed of brain processing. When we think we create images, sounds and inner sensations, we call them representational systems. Thus, dysphoria can occur through the rapid flow of information and thoughts, when the speed of the emission of thought information is not accompanied by the mouth, resulting in the trampling of words and expressions.
We are social beings and the damage of this situation can extend for the interpersonal relations and also the intrapersonal relations, that is, our own relation. We lose self-confidence and self-esteem, which can lead to other psychopathologies and social isolation.
In the film "The King's Speech," King George VI, played by Colin Firth, resorts to many experts to make his speech and one even recommends smoking to relax the vocal chords. The fun scene is not much different from what happens sometimes in real life. There are pseudo-specialists in all areas, magic solutions as well.
In my opinion, the best result is cognitive reprogramming, which can be done either by Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) methods or Ericksonian Hypnosis. we all have an inner dialogue - a voice in our thoughts that accompanies us every day at all times - one way is to slow down this voice and change its tone, which immediately promotes a pitch in verbal expressions. The person speaks more slowly, and therefore stuttering ceases to occur.
Prejudice and the ideology of perfect speech will always exist, but when this is publicized in the media, such representations may change, making respect considered the premise for more appropriate interpersonal relationships. The film and the TV show, bringing the subject to the surface, make us understand who is "different" and cause us to become co-participants in the healing process.
* Alexandre Bortoletto is a SBPNL instructor - Sociedade Brazilian Neuro-Linguistic Programming
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