What Is Stupor?

 Stupor is a sudden stop of a speech action and useless attempts to force out the speech; it is an inappropriate interaction of a stutterer with his own speech apparatus.  Stupor is a natural reaction of a speaker’s body to his/her attempt to  perform more then one conscious action at one moment. The causes of stupor are not known to stutterers. In order toScreen-shot-2012-03-14-at-11.29.22-AM learn how to speak without unplanned stops, repetitions, hesitations or stupors, it is crucial that an ETALON student clearly understands the causes and the mechanism of a stupor.

Every stupor always  develops as the result of an attempt of a speaker to complete an impossible task and therefore, it is always accompanied by his  unconsciousness and fear (a very strong emotion and motivation). After a stupor and a certain situation/object take place several times, the human’s brain unconsciously bonds these two completely unrelated events together and begins to react to them in the same way. For example,  an audience  (situation) may become as a mandatory attribute of stupor. Each time a public speaker faces a big crowd, he unconsciously reacts with a stupor. Sometimes, only one coincidental occurrence of stupor with an emotionally charged or stressful external event may be enough for the brain to remember that and  begin react with stupor to the situation that was unconsciously attached to this stupor.  This connection is accidental and unpredictable, which makes it impossible to determine or classify various types of fears and styles of stupor that stutterers may exhibit.  However, because they all are based on one unconscious reflex connection, it provides  the only logical “remedy” for “curing” of “multifaceted” stuttering/stupor. It is the CONSCIOUS BREAK of such reflex connection, which could only be accomplished by a stuttering person, who should understand the absurdness of the attachment of the stupor to the external factor. The moment this realization comes clear for a stutterer, his fears disappear instantly.

For the sake of simplicity, any fear or any external event (e.g., an object, person, letter, situation, sound, smell, taste, etc.) is called an “X-Factor”, where “X” indicates a countless number of various external attachments to stupor. Depending on what the “X-factor” is, stupor could be different in nature, such as: visual, tactile, auditory, taste, etc. However, any kinds of stupor could be easily overcome by Snezhko’s program. The method destroys the main evil – the reflex – without focusing on details, which disappear automatically by themselves.

To better understand the nature of stupor, it is recommended to carry out a simple practical experiment.

Experiment #1.

Stretch your arm in front of you and then, try to lift it up and pull it down SIMULTANEOUSLY. What happens? The arm is not moving, but the tension is growing. Why? Because you are commanding your arm to do TWO THINGS AT ONCE, and it is obvious that it will not be able to do that. Continue trying as hard as you can doing these two things at once. What will happen? The tension will grow stronger, but the arm will remain motionless. If you push even harder, you will notice that your muscles contract so much, that the arm will begin to shake. The outcome is obvious – the harder you try the more tension you get. This is a stupor. You CANNOT FIGHT AGAINST STUPOR! You will always loose, and this is an obvious and absolute truth! What you CAN do is to make these two movements SEQUENCIALLY. First, you can lift your arm up and only after that, pull it down (or vice versa). You will notice that when you do it in sequence it works fine and WITHOUT ANY EFFORT. Now, remember this experiment very well, and try it a few times in order to get a feel for the STUPOR.

Here are a few points of a simple conclusion from the experiment #1:

– When humans try to do more than one thing at once, they get STUPOR,
– It is impossible to fight against stupor,
– The only way to AVOID STUPOR is to do ONE THING at ONE MOMENT and do everything IN SEQUENCE.

The nature of the speech stupor is the same as of the stupor described above, but instead of moving an arm in sequence, people need to speak each SOUND in sequence. The speech stupor is caused by an attempt to say more than one sound at a time. No human being on Earth is capable of saying more than one sound at a time. People produce each sound in sequence, but NEVER together.

Here is another simple experiment that illustrates the said above.

Experiment #2.

Say just one sound “T”. Here is an important pitfall – a difference between a SOUND and a LETTER. Most of the stutterers don’t understand the difference. For example, the letter “T” is called “TEE”, but it denotes a voiceless consonant sound “T”. Do you see the difference? Now try saying ONLY ONE SOUND. Whichever you like. “T”, “B”, “P”, etc. You will notice that you will NEVER get stupor when you say just ONE sound. Try it for yourself. You can even produce the whole alphabet of sounds (not letters though!) in sequence and will not get stuck one time!

Here are a few points of a simple conclusion from the experiment #2:

– You never encounter stupor while producing one sound at one moment,
– Producing sounds in sequence will avoid appearance of stupor,
– Attempting to say more than one sound at one moment (the COMBINATION of sounds) triggers stupor.


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