Stuttering and Bullying
Social Interactions Terrify Me.
It can be overcome.
While stuttering can be extremely embarrassing, it does not completely impede professional success as an adult. Researchers currently believe that stuttering is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, language development, environment, as well as brain structure and function. Working together, these factors can influence the speech of a person who stutters. The country and western singer, Mel Tillis, had an extremely successful career. He would stutter when he spoke, but not when he would sing. In fact many entertainers had a problem with stuttering. As you already know from the above video, Julia Roberts, Joe Biden, and King George VI were able to deal with it. So did Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Earl Jones.
Therapy can often help overcome stuttering. So do not let it control your life. You have the power to do something about it.
A student at Pennsylvania State University wrote the following excerpt. Unfortunately, what he describes happens all too often.
Scared to even leave home.
“I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have canceled plans with friends due to my crippling social anxiety. My friends have become accustomed to a text something like: “I’m so so sorry, but I really don’t feel up to going out tonight,” Followed by some excuse involving being too sick, too tired, getting called into work, or having too much homework.
But in reality, sometimes I just can’t bring myself to enter a situation where I have to interact with others. Especially situations like parties where I will have to meet and interact with large groups of new people. While I do feel very alone in this experience at the time, social anxiety is something that many people live with on a daily basis. My experience and the experiences of others can be understood using self-presentation theory.